On an emotional and enjoyable night at Lincoln Cathedral, the YPP team watched on as our very own Robin Hood Knight was auctioned off at the Lincoln Knight's Trail Charity Auction.
The Knights, specially decorated by an array of talented artists and positioned around the city of Lincoln all through the Summer, were sold at the event to raise money for The Nomad Trust and an Art and Innovation fund for Lincoln.
By the end of the night, a whopping £180,000 had been raised for these two deserving causes!
Our Knight was created by Hampshire artist Deven Bhurke and was based on the legendary figure of Robin Hood. Following some seriously competitive bidding on Robin, the auctioneer finally dropped his gavel on the winning bid of £9,200 - the second highest bid of the night.
The highest selling sculpture was the Night of the Skies, a beautifully painted tribute to the WW2 bomber crews of Lincolnshire by artist Rosie Ablewhite, which sold for £15,000.
Rachael Baxter, from The Nomad Trust said: “The Lincoln Knights’ Trail has been absolutely fantastic.
“We are honoured to be the nominated charity for the event and we want to say a huge thank you to the organisers, artists and sponsors who have made this event, and the whole Trail, so successful.”
Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan revealed that the Trail had drawn over 70,000 visitors to the city, who had walked 150,000 miles in order to see and photograph every Knight sculpture. If that had been done relay-style they would have gone around the world six times!
"It was a privilege to be able to support the Knight's Trail" said YPP Managing Director Stuart Maclaren. "The Nomad Trust is doing very important work in Lincoln, so to see so much raised for this cause is fantastic. The YPP team really got behind our Knight, and we're pleased to see him go to a good home".
In July 2016 businesses in Lincolnshire were offered the opportunity to get involved with an intriguing new public art project; the Lincoln Knight's Trail. The project would celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln and the sealing of the Charter of the Forest. Two-thirds of the money raised would go to The Nomad Trust, with the remaining third used to create a ring-fenced Art and Innovation Fund to help the city to deliver future public art and events aimed at attracting more visitors to Lincoln.
At Your Print Partner, we were excited to hear about the Trail and the causes it would support, so seized the chance to become a sponsor.
The Knight sculptures were based on two key figures from the Battle of Lincoln – Nichola de la Haye (Custodian of Lincoln Castle) and William Marshal (Regent to the young King Henry III) - and were designed to decorated in any fashion.
Having selected our chosen artist, Deven Bhurke, we were able to unveil our Knight alongside the other designs at a media launch event in March.
He is, of course, everyone's favourite heroic outlaw, who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor... Introducing Robin Hood, aka 'Lincoln Green'!
Our knight took his place as the fifth knight in the trail at the centre of St Paul’s Lane in the Bailgate area of Lincoln. Before he went out on display though, he came to visit the team at YPP HQ, and was taken out to visit Rand Farm Park to join in with the children learning archery and visited the students and staff at The Holt Primary School.
On Saturday 20th May the Lincoln Knight's Trail begun. Thirty-six uniquely decorated Knights took up position all across the city, and Trail visitors could soon be spotted taking to the streets of Lincoln with their official maps in hand. We were very proud to have been able to supply these printed maps, of which over 10,000 were handed over in just the opening weekend!
A busy programme of summer events soon created a real buzz around the city, with people coming from far and wide to join in with the celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln.
In August, Robin Hood travelled in time to celebrate 1940’s day, surrounded by an array of family-friendly activities and music, our Knight found himself in amongst a jubilant host of 1940’s dancers. Also as the annual Steampunk Festival descended on Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter over the bank holiday wekeend, Robin was visited by our very own seamstress-turned-steampunk Lynda.
Robin Hood, aka. Lincoln Green, became a firm favourite not only here at Your Print Partner but by flocks of visiting children and adults alike. Not only starring in countless photos and selfies, Robin was featured in several blogs about the trail which you can find on his Twitter profile @TheRobinKnight.
The Knight's Trail was undoubtedly a success in both raising the profile of the celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln and in rasing vital funds for two important local causes.
The YPP team would like to wish Robin all the best on his future adventures!
To find out more about The Nomad Trust and how you can donate or raise money for the charity, please visit nomadtrust.org.uk.