Lincoln Imp Trail launched

Lincoln Imp Trail launched

Following the success of the Lincoln Knights sculpture trail in 2018, the Lincoln BID have reignited the initiative with sculptures in the form of an Imp, an image synonymous with Lincoln.

The walking route trail was launched at the city’s famous Cathedral Quarter on Friday 2nd July 2021, with a trail of over 50 imp sculptures designed and decorated by the county’s schools displayed across the city of Lincoln.

As part of the Education Business Partnership (EBP), Affinity Flying Services Limited chose to sponsor the William Alvey School in Sleaford, enabling them to participate in the Lincoln Imp Project.

Year 6 children, working with Affinity and the EBP, came up with their own Imp design which features a silhouette of Lincoln’s famous cathedral and images of Affinity’s Grob 120TP known as ‘The Prefect’, in honour of the Avro single-engined biplane trainer used by RAF pilots before and during the Second World War.

Alex Davison and Rachel Armitage from Affinity attended the launch of the Imp Trail to see William Alvey School’s finished sculpture, which will be located in the Waterside Shopping Centre in the city centre for the duration of the Trail.

Alex, Affinity’s Business Operations Director, said: “I was delighted to see our Imp amongst the other 49 that form part of the Lincoln Imp trail.

“All the school children who took part had great fun doing it and there is most definitely a generation of young innovative minds on the horizon.

“I’m particularly pleased with the efforts of the young minds at the William Alvey School for their very accurate depiction of our Military Training Aircraft – our little Imp is a pure delight.”

William Alvey School’s art teacher Mrs Toni McMillan, who helped with the creation of the school’s Imp, said: “The children’s designs were a fantastic starting point for us to choose to completed design.

“They have had great fun doing their research for the Imp’s design and I’m excited to see it as part of the Imp Trail.”

Michelle Allison, CEO of the EBP, said: “All of the Imps look fantastic and they are all unique.

“We’re expecting a lot of people to come to the city to see the trail, people have already been walking around and spotting the Imps, and the children love them.

“We’re so glad people have embraced the Imp Trail as it is so important to Lincoln and us.”

The Lincoln Imp Trail is now up and running until September 16th. You can download the ‘Lincoln Imp Trail’ app to find the location of all the Imps and details about each individual sculpture.