With the Magna Carta Weekend fast approaching, two of the trailblazing Lincoln Barons designed for the celebrations headed to the capital to publicise the event.
The Construction Baron, sponsored by Lincolnshire housebuilder Chestnut Homes, and the Red Arrows Baron have been at King’s Cross Station yesterday and today (June 9 and 10) to promote the events to commuters.
The completed Barons, to be put on plinths at various locations across the city centre, will be in place from the weekend until the middle of September.
Robert Newton, Director of Chestnut Homes, said: “The reception which our Baron received at King’s Cross station was fantastic – he certainly received a lot of attention from people passing by. We are delighted to be involved in such a momentous celebration for Lincoln by sponsoring a Baron.”
However, the Barons were not alone in encouraging people to visit the city this weekend.
Lincoln MP Karl McCartney used Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons to promote the upcoming celebrations, asking Prime Minister David Cameron whether he would like to recommend that other MPs and their constituents visit the city.
Karl McCartney said: “On Monday I attended the formal opening of the Magna Carta Centre in Lincoln – a magnificent vault built to showcase Lincoln’s original Magna Carta in its 800th celebratory year within our city’s beautiful castle.
“Having himself visited Lincoln on various occasions, would the Prime Minister like to join me in recommending that other members and their constituents should visit Lincoln to see for themselves both our original Magna Carta and our majestic cathedral, as well as Lincoln’s myriad of other attractions – especially as we move towards a new British Bill of Rights?”
In response, the Prime Minister said that the MP was “absolutely right to take this opportunity in this the year of the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta to advertise the fact that there is an original copy in the great city of Lincoln.”