Fans of Lincoln’s 25 trailblazing Barons have one more chance to see them all together at a special reunion event in the city.
Lincoln Castle is hosting the event, which kicked off on Thursday, September 24 and runs for five days from 10am to 5pm until Tuesday, September 29.
The barons will then be auctioned off on October 1 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel on Brayford Wharf, to raise money for national food bank charity The Trussell Trust.
Two hundred people, including businesses and organisations which sponsored individual barons, have already snapped-up tickets, and the bidding will be conducted by professional auctioneer Ian Walter of J H Walter.
A proxy bidding online form has also been created for those who would like to bid for a Baron, but are unable to attend the event.
Lincoln BIG chief executive Matt Corrigan said: “Thousands of people have walked the trail, photographed family and friends with their favourite Barons and used social media to tell the wider world about them.
“This phenomenally popular trail has proved to be one of the highlights of our 800th anniversary of Magna Carta celebrations and certainly helped to put Lincoln on the wider map.”
“We know that scores of people are sorry that the Barons are going but, depending on who bids for the individual sculptures, some could actually remain in the city.
“More importantly, we hope that plenty of money will be raised for the Trussell Trust and its network of food banks, and that this auction will help people in need locally.”
Souvenir guides and auction catalogues are available and cover the Lincoln auction. People who buy a copy, costing £5, will be able to see images of the 50 Barons (from Lincoln and Salisbury) in this publication.
People looking for a souvenir can also buy a mini Paint Your Own Baron from the Lincoln Visitor Information Centre on Castle Hill at a cost of £9.95 each.
Those who have taken part in the trail could win one of five mini Barons by completing a survey online by September 30.