Streets Brought to Life in a Blaze of Colour

Lincoln’s fantastic colourful history and its growth as a top tourist destination is being commemorated and celebrated in a blaze of eyecatching street dressings. Shoppers and visitors are being encouraged to look out for Medieval-style flags fluttering from buildings around the city, pretty bunting decorating Bailgate and unmissable banners spanning the High Street. People can also look forward to enjoying the city’s floral decorations throughout the summer.  Checking out our information boards, to keep-up with the latest events, is also a must. It’s all happening at a hugely important time. Lincoln BIG and its partner organisation Visit Lincoln, are keen to spread the word about the 800th Anniversary of The Battle Lincoln commemorations on Saturday (May 20), as well as the importance of The Charter of the Forest and the launch of the long-awaited Lincoln Knights’ Trail. The striking branding being used, which includes a chain-metal clad Knight overlooking Lincoln Castle has been designed to highlight The Battles & Dynasties exhibition, which runs from May 27 to September 3, and which is mostly based at The Collection and Lincoln Castle. Among special exhibits will be The Domesday Book, which will  be on display in Magna Carta vault at Lincoln Castle. The amazing manuscript dates back to 1086 and is being loaned to the city by The National Archives in London. Lincoln BIG paid for the street dressing through the Cultural Destinations Fund and Visit Lincoln led on the Medieval branding and theme as part of its marketing campaign. People have already been tweeting photos of the street dressing, which will stay in place and complement a Summer programme bursting with events. Head of Visit Lincoln Lydia Rusling said: “Tourism is already worth a massive £190 million to Lincoln every year, but we remain ambitious to make it a top 10 UK destination which has a wealth of events and attractions to offer individuals, couples and families. A highlight of the street dressing is the installation of a piece of woodland in the middle of Lincoln High Street to commemorate the Charter of the Forest, which will create a setting for the Knight of the Forest, which has been sponsored by St Marks Shopping Centre. “It is vital to look at every element of the way in which we present Lincoln to potential tourists, whether they want to discover more of our history, our shopping offer or cultural attractions or are...
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The Big Day is Nearly Here!

Listen out for the stamping of marching feet and battle cries and note the strategically-positioned Knights ready to defend the city, as Lincoln gears-up to commemorate a key milestone in its history. Tension is mounting.  On Saturday (May 20) the city will be recreating history by marking the 800th Anniversary of The Battle of Lincoln and the Sealing of the Charter of the Forest and everyone from local families to tourists can be part of the action! Hours of exciting activities have been planned by organiser Lincoln BIG, and its partners, including a short re-enactment of the battle at the West front of Lincoln Cathedral, at 2pm. The countdown has also begun to the launch of the Lincoln Knights’ Trail. 800 years ago, the Battle was a turning point in the city’s history, when the famed Knight William Marshal led an army from Newark to Lincoln to face French invaders who had laid siege to Lincoln Castle, which was under the command of lady Constable Nichola de la Haye.  Despite being outnumbered Marshal celebrated victory! On Saturday, people will get a flavour of the times as a Medieval Farmers’ Market  gets underway at 9am. Shoppers can enjoy the colourful bunting, enjoy a chat to traders and buy Lincolnshire’s freshest produce. The Market will trade until 4pm. Youngsters and their parents can discover more about the Battle by popping into the Children’s Library in Free School Lane at 10.30am until (12.30pm), where author Erik Grigg will be launching his new mini book 1217 The Battle of Lincoln (commissioned by Lincoln BIG). Children can also have fun by helping to create a colourful mural. Copies of the book cost £3.50 * At 11am, young people who are eager to be part of the Battle, can get ready by going along to one of the “creation stations” where they will make shields and flags and meet  battle re-enactors. The workshops run until about 1.30pm and take place at The Collection, The Drill Hall, Lincolnshire Co-op in City Square, St Marks Shopping Centre and the Waterside Shopping Centre. Armed with their flags and shields, they will congregate at 1.30pm for the march to Lincoln Cathedral, where they will be joining the re-enactors leaving Lincoln Castle for the west front of Lincoln Cathedral. From 2pm the history of The Battle of Lincoln will be brought to life through song, street performance and storytelling. Minstrel...
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High-Flyers Atttracted to Multi-Million Tech Centre

Just nine weeks after opening its doors a £6.8 million tech complex is Lincoln is already more than a third let! The Boole Technology Centre, which is at the heart of the Lincoln Science and Innovation Park, on Beevor Street, is attracting strong interest.  Four of its 22 units have already been snapped-up, with five more  tenants due to move in shortly. Science Park Director Tom Blount and letting agent Banks Long & Co are delighted that the purpose-built centre – tailored to the needs of established and growing technology businesses – is already proving its value, promising to supercharge Lincolnshire’s growth. Units, which average 800 square feet in size, are attracting a variety of innovative, laboratory-based, aerospace, IT, digital, pharmaceutical and related businesses. They also have the opportunity to tap into high-end research facilities in the neighbouring Joseph Banks laboratories. “We have only been open for a matter of weeks and we are already about 35 per cent full. Given that we are looking for a very particular type of tenant, working within the science and technology fields, we are very pleased with that response,” said Mr Blount. The first four tenants to take space in the Boole Technology Centre include Nutrapharma Limited.  The firm, which is a developer of new technology in the field of neutracuticals – including vitamin supplements – is fitting out bespoke laboratories in the building. They are already engaged in new product development with the University of Lincoln scientists working in the adjacent Joseph Banks Laboratories, also on Lincoln Science and Innovation Park. Tenant and cyber security specialist Krypto Kloud is working to help defend its clients from Internet-based risks.  Software developer Tenantia, also working in the field of risk management, offers cloud-based services to help housing providers engage with their residents. Also in the building is Metis Aerospace, whose client base includes prisons that can use their product and services to help guard against the smuggling of contraband into jails. Waiting in the wings are several other tenants who have recently signed agreements with the Science Park, including a business working in the field of agricultural biotechnology that needs a Category 2 laboratory. “We are also about to start fitting out a laboratory for a firm engaged in the petro-chem processing field and an office for an engineering business working in the aeronautic field,” said Mr Blount. “With the SME sector firmly...
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Search launched to find new tenants for Ruddocks

Commercial agents have launched a search to find new tenants ready to breathe new life into historic shop premises left empty by a leading Lincoln retailer’s decision to call it a day. Lincoln-based Banks Long & Co has been trusted with the job of marketing the distinctive, five-storey High Street building, which was occupied by Ruddocks of Lincoln until Easter. The property offers flexible space which Banks Long & Co said it would ideally suit another retailer or established or ambitious restaurateur. News follows owner Henry Ruddock’s tough decision to close his shop, which had traded from the site for more than 163 years, latterly stocking stationery, art materials, toys and gifts.  The Ruddock family has owned the property since March 1904. Banks Long & Co Director James Butcher said: “Everyone was shocked and saddened when Mr Ruddock decided to close the store, which was such a long-standing feature of Lincoln’s shopping scene. “We are now marketing the premises widely and hope that the fact that they occupy such a visible and busy part of the city’s High Street, which attracts constant footfall, will help us to find new tenants quickly. There has been plenty of interest as you would expect and we have received a number of proposals, from both national retailers and restaurateurs. “Lincolnshire has a population of nearly 550,000 people and Lincoln has a growing catchment area, which means the city has the power to attract spending of £984.40 million a year. The shopping habits of about 15,000 students have also helped to contribute an estimated £250 million to the local economy. “Whilst there is much talk about the changes taking place on the country’s High Streets, Lincoln continues to steadily attract new names in food, leisure and retailing to the city – a trend that continued throughout the last Recession. This gives us confidence for further growth,” added Mr Butcher. Businesses interested in a move to the former “Ruddocks” store, have the opportunity to rent the building for £130,000 a year, exclusive of business rates and VAT. In addition to retaining the High Street premises, Mr Ruddock also owns the award-winning Ruddocks design and print business in Great Northern Terrace, Lincoln.  ...
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Red Letter for Ray

It was an extremely proud moment for 89-year-old Ray Hooley when he was presented with Lincoln’s top accolade in a glittering ceremony at the city’s Guildhall. The one-time information officer and librarian for the former engineering company Ruston & Hornsby – who is credited with saving the city’s industrial history for future generations – was clearly delighted when he was presented with the Lincoln Civic Award by the city’s Mayor Councillor Yvonne Bodger. Admiring the striking silver award, made by the late Lincoln Silversmith Derek Birch, Mr Hooley said: “I have seen this (award) before, but to actually hold it is great, after holding pieces of rusty metal!” Mr Hooley was nominated for the accolade by his daughter Kerry Blackbourn.  When he first learned that he was to receive the honour he said he was “flattered, overwhelmed and very grateful.” Since 1960 Mr Hooley has devoted thousands of hours of his own time to bringing Lincoln’s industrial past back to the city. His outstanding efforts have seen the return and restoration of machinery and vehicles, including three Ruston-built cars from Australia, Glasgow and Devon. He donated the traction engine “Sylvie” to the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, as well as many oil and gas engines, Hornsby traction engines from Tasmania and Canada, a World War One tank and a 1909 steam excavator. But his major achievement has been the saving, maintaining and preserving the Ruston archives (1860 to 1990). Mr Hooley has provided a valued service to people worldwide keen to know more about Ruston-built machinery – and that continues to today. In his acceptance speech, he revealed that he is often working at his computer until one o’clock into the morning, responding to enquiries from around the world! Lincoln Civic Award Trustees’ Chairman Henry Ruddock said: “It is well known that Lincoln was at the forefront of Engineering development from the middle of the nineteenth century. “This continues today with several innovative companies working in Lincoln and the Lincoln School of Engineering. Next Friday (May 5), we also have the start of the Spark Engineering Festival in Lincoln Cathedral. “The archives of the famous companies, Marshalls, Robey, Clayton and of course Ruston – now Siemens – included hand drawings of everything from aeroplanes built during the first world war to components of traction engines, early internal combustion engines and agricultural machinery. “They also included any items relating to the...
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Fashion Week is Go!

Lincoln Fashion Week is on its way and Lincoln BIG has now added more events to the stylish extravaganza. The week-long programme – which runs from April 28 to May 5, will feature something for all members of the family. With hairdressers, stylists and make-up artists on standby, more than 100 models and retailers will be there with some great offers. In preparation for this event, a group of retailers went on a fact-finding mission to the London Fashion Week Festival and they returned with ideas from the latest trends to incorporate into the city’s own special week. Miss Lincolnshire’s Daisy Pope will also put an appearance on the day of the Lincoln Fashion Fair (April 29) in the Waterside Shopping Centre, where she will be at her own ‘selfie station’ to pose for photos on Saturday at 12 noon. Lincoln Fashion Week will kick off on Friday with exclusive fashion week tote bags at five locations in the city – Bailgate, the Upper High Street, Waterside Shopping Centre,  St Marks Shopping Centre and the Cornhill area, where people will be able to pick up a bag and a programme for the week (between 11am and 2pm). Head of Fashion Week Jess Wickham said: “People will be able to visit our “Pop Up box offices” at the Visitor Information Centre in Castle Hill, in the Waterside Shopping Centre and at St Marks Shopping Centre, where they can buy tickets for our Catwalk Show on May 5th in Alive Church.” National and independent retailers will be swapping their window mannequins with live models at the St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice Shop, in Primark, Waterside Shopping Centre, Debenhams and Marks and Spencer on April 28 from 12pm to 1pm. On May 1, the Children’s Fashion Event at Debenhams in St Marks Shopping Centre will take place from 2pm to 5pm. A Prom Night event will take place at Debenhams on May 4, after being extended to run from 5pm to 8pm especially for teenagers. There’s even more good news – a special draw will give a lucky man and woman the chance to win an outfit and makeover each worth over £150, with hairstyling vouchers from Talking Heads. The event is free to attend, but people must get a ticket by visiting the Eventbrite site. The Catwalk Show held in Alive Church on May 5 is sponsored by Lincolnshire Co-operative and the Wig n’ Mitre. “Everyone...
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