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Lincoln Odeon staff reportedly ‘refused entry’ to a group of young people that came to watch the new Minions film dressed in suits – following an emerging TikTok trend.

The trend has seen many teens and adolescents arrive for screenings of Minions: The Rise of Gru dressed in formal suit attire, uploading their experience to TikTok with #gentleminions.

Cinemas across the country have implemented bans for people coming to watch the film in suits, after accusations of audiences making noise and throwing bananas and other items while the movie is on.

The trend has generated millions of views in recent days, appearing to consist of standing ovations at the end, cheering during dramatic scenes and sitting in unison adopting the characteristic steepled fingers of the film’s main character – Felonious Gru.

Gareth Nichols contacted The Lincolnite to say that his 15-year-old son and a group of around 15-20 school friends were “refused entry” to Odeon on Brayford Wharf North in Lincoln on Saturday, July 2.

He said his son and friends turned up in suits, and described the decision to ban a group of teens “who have dressed up for an evening out at the cinema” as “ridiculous”.

“They had all pre-purchased tickets and were not there to cause trouble in any way. They were refused entry because of the way they were dressed; smartly.

“Clearly the good people of Lincoln need to be aware that they should not attend the Odeon cinema dressed smartly, because I assume the same policy will apply to all age groups – not just teenagers.”

Odeon staff did say that the boys would get their ticket prices refunded in 2-3 days, but the cinema has confirmed that access is restricted “in some circumstances”.

An Odeon spokesperson said: “Due to a small number of incidents in our cinemas over the weekend we have had to restrict access in some circumstances.”

Works to replace worn out carriageway on several Waddington roads will start in late July.

The improvement project will start on Monday 25 July and last up to twelve weeks (subject to weather).

The project will be carried out in five phases. Below is a list of roads where sections of carriageway will be rebuilt:

Brant Road
Hollywell Road
Hill Top / Tinkers Lane
Far Lane
Manor Lane

Cllr Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “As many will have noticed, some of the roads in Waddington are nearing the end of their serviceable life. As a result, we’ll be rebuilding them starting in July.

“This will be a massive improvement project. In fact, we expect to lay over 9,000 tonnes of new tarmac over the twelve-week scheme.

“Although there will inevitably be some disruption, we’ll be doing everything we can to keep this to a minimum including maintaining access for residents throughout the entire scheme.”

Cllr Thomas Dyer, county councillor for Waddington and Hykeham East, said: “I’m thrilled that these essential works are set to start next month.

“With over 6,000 residents, Waddington is one of the county’s largest villages, and I think nearly everyone who lives in or travels through the area will be pleased to see us rebuilding sections of Brant Road, Hollywell Road and other key roads that are in desperate need of repair.

“Residents will no doubt experience some inconvenience over the planned twelve weeks of work, but it’s important that we get these improvements completed as quickly as possible.

“As your local councillor, should anyone have any problems, please do not hesitate to contact me.”

For up-to-date information about this, planned diversions and other roadworks, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/roadworks.

Lincoln Cathedral officially opened its visitor centre on Monday and revealed the beautifully conserved Romanesque Frieze and Gallery of Kings on the West Front of the building.

The visitor centre is part of the £16.5 million Lincoln Cathedral Connected Project, of which around £12.4 million was funded by The National Lottery.

July 4 marked the culmination of a period transformation which enhanced the cathedral’s experience for all who visit.

The day marked the culmination of a period transformation which enhanced the cathedral’s experience. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The West Front of Lincoln Cathedral with no scaffolding, boxing or interventions. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The Dean of Lincoln Christine Wilson and Eilish McGuinness, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The project included the restoration and conservation of the iconic building’s West Front and Exchequergate Arch.

It also included the development of the Old Deanery and Dean’s Green into the new visitor centre with learning centre, exhibition gallery and outdoor space.

Beautiful carvings at Lincoln Cathedral. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Martin Coward, Tim Crawley, Andrian Melka and Alan Micklethwaite are nationally renowned stone carvers and among the best in the country. They worked on the copy carvings that formed part of the Romanesque Frieze exhibition at the Old Deanery visitor centre.

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The Very Reverend Christine Wilson, Dean of Lincoln. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Eilish McGuinness, Chief Executive of Heritage Lottery Fund. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
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The Very Reverend Christine Wilson, Dean of Lincoln. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Eilish McGuinness, Chief Executive of Heritage Lottery Fund. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

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