One of Lincoln’s much-loved Magna Carta Barons is settling into a new home in a Welton school thanks to a generous donation.
Fittingly, it is the Young Baron who has taken up his new residence at William Farr C of E School and he arrived at the school courtesy of his new owners Daniel Charles Construction Ltd, which bought the Baron for £5,500.
“We missed out on the opportunity to initially sponsor a Baron as by the time we heard about it they were all gone,” said director Dan Ingall, who has lived in Welton for six years.
“I walked the Baron trail in the summer and thoroughly enjoyed it and agreed with the masses what a fantastic idea it had been.
“When we heard of the Baron auction we thought we could eventually be involved.”
Mr Ingall went to the auction with the intention of buying one for their own office and one for the school.
“I had chosen the Young Baron for the school as I thought its name was very apt and the reason for the design by the artist was also relevant,” said Mr Ingall.
“We only managed to buy one, but our intention didn’t change, to donate it to the school.”
The school was chosen as the new home by Mr Ingall because his children, Olli and Grace, are both pupils there and the firm also employs many people from the Welton and Dunholme area.
Now the sculpture has been placed in the school’s main reception area and will be on display alongside specially-made information boards created by the history department.
William Farr headteacher Andy Stones said the whole school was excited and delighted to be the new hosts for the Young Baron.
“It was a wonderful gesture by Dan and the company and we are really thrilled to be welcoming the Baron to the school,” he said.
“The themes of freedom and independence echo the school’s strong ethos of developing the pupils’ sense of responsibility and individuality.”
The Young Baron was painted by Richard Knight, who has worked for more than 20 years in community arts, particularly with youth groups in Lincolnshire.
It was sponsored by The EBP, a social enterprise developing the skills of young people.
The graffiti-inspired design features the grand spiral of Pere Ubu, interwoven with young people’s voices through the use of key words.
Young Baron was one of the 25 sculptures on the Lincoln trail marking the Magna Carta 800th anniversary.
In all, £167,000 was raised for charity by their sale.