The Price is Knight for Chestnut Homes at charity auction

A county housebuilder has been reunited with its Lincoln Knight after the sculpture went under the hammer in a charity auction.

All 36 Knights from the Lincoln Knights’ Trail were reunited for one final time before being auctioned off at Lincoln Cathedral on Saturday 30th September.

Chestnut Homes, one of the companies which sponsored a Knight in the trail, bought its statue at the auction and is now preparing to tour it around the county.

Chestnut Homes secured its Knight with a bid of £5,000 and purchased two other Knights, the Knight Time and Knight Music statues, with bids of £4,200 and £2,800 respectively.

The evening saw a staggering £178,000 raised for local homeless charity The Nomad Trust and a new Art and Innovation Fund set up for the city of Lincoln.

The Construction Knight, which stood proudly on Speaker’s Corner in Lincoln’s High Street on the trail, will be kicking off his new tour at an art exhibition in the city this month (October).

David Newton, Managing Director of Chestnut Homes, said: “The Knights’ Trail has been a great success, helping to boost tourism in Lincoln and raising vital funds for very deserving causes.

“We bought our Construction Baron at the end of the 2015 trail and he became a popular figure both in the office and on outings to local businesses and schools.

“We’re very proud of our Construction Knight and we’re keen to take him out into the community so people can still enjoy him well after the trail has finished. 

“Peter Segasby worked incredibly hard on our Knight, so we thought his exhibition would be a fitting place for the tour to start.”

He will be one of two Knights to feature in an exhibition of ceramics and paintings hosted by long-term friends and artists Pete Moss and Peter Segasby.

Mr Segasby is the artist who painted the Construction Knight, as well as the Construction Baron – the Chestnut Homes-sponsored statue from the 2015 Lincoln Barons’ Charter Trail.

The Knight will be on display at the Sam Scorer Gallery, off Drury Lane, from Monday 9th to Friday 22nd October.

Schools, businesses and community groups who are interested in having a visit from the Construction Knight should email chrissy.dodman@chestnuthomes.co.uk">chrissy.dodman@chestnuthomes.co.uk.  

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