Independent traders in Lincoln city centre recently welcomed the arrival of their Knight of the Charter, which can be seen in Lincoln Central Market until 27 April.
Two exciting regeneration projects are currently taking place in the Sincil Street area of the city – the city council’s £30 million Lincoln Transport Hub and Lincolnshire Co-op’s £12 million Cornhill Quarter – which will both transform the area, bringing huge benefits for businesses and shoppers.
However, making such ambitious schemes a reality inevitably brings some disruption, and traders – along with City of Lincoln Council – are keen to highlight what makes the area special and remind people they are open for business.
The Independent Traders knight celebrates what these small businesses and market traders offer – the icons on the knight represent goods and services available in the area.
Neil Bhalla, owner of Dollar Jeans in Sincil Street, said: “The smaller businesses are the heart of the city and we mustn’t forget that. We offer something unique other stores don’t offer. The independent shops are what make Lincoln unique. It’s about providing a good service and a pleasant environment.
“You can see the transport hub coming together. The development is tremendous, you can see the steelwork for the bus station and the car park. For us as a business it’s nice to see it coming together after a long wait. It’s quite promising.”
The Independent Traders Knight was on display in the market during the Easter weekend, when children could take part in a free Easter egg hunt, colouring competition and get their faces painted.
The knight is one of 36 sculptures that can be seen across the city from 20 May until 3 September this year. To find out more go to www.knightstrail.com