Parade inaugurates new city landmark

Despite the icy conditions, a group of schoolchildren paraded up Steep Hill to celebrate the Christmas season.

The children, all from Cherry Willingham School, quickly made their way up Steep Hill, stopping at the new bench by local designer Richard Bett.

As previously reported, the children would walk from the city centre to Castle Hill holding LED lanterns.

At the bench, the children scattered their little torches around the area (pictured).

After their procession, shops from Bailgate to The Strait will be keeping their doors open for late night shopping on Thursdays, in the run up to Christmas.

They reached Castle Hill at around 6.30pm, where a Carol Service and nativity took place.

The idea came about after the school’s music co-ordinator Michael Flowers spoke to Lincoln BIG. He believed it represented the school’s rise after a fire.

He said: “We are close to Lincoln and a stream of pupils carrying torches up Steep Hill would celebrate the Christmas season and also symbolise how the school had risen like a phoenix from the ashes, following the blaze.”