BBC brings Magna Carta Baron to Grantham as part of celebrations

The baron sculpture which made an appearance in Grantham as part of the Magna Carta 800th anniversary celebrations.
The baron sculpture which made an appearance in Grantham as part of the Magna Carta 800th anniversary celebrations.

A sculpture of a baron appeared in Grantham this morning as part of the celebrations taking place this year to mark 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta.

The sculpture is one of 25 which will make up a trail around Lincoln taking visitors on an entertaining and educational journey through the city.

BBC Radio Lincolnshire displayed its baron by the statue of Sir Isaac Newton in St Peter’s Hill and reporter Leigh Milner met local people and took selfies with them.

Businesses and artists have got together to decorate the sculptures, which represent the barons who were present at the sealing of the Magna Carta at Runnymeade in 1215. The baron seen in Grantham today was painted by artist Lizzy Mason with a number of recognisable Lincolnshire features including Lincoln Cathedral, the Jolly Fisherman in Skegness, a Lincoln Imp and the Red Arrows.

The baron is being taken on a tour of the county by BBC radio Lincolnshire. This afternoon it will visit Boston and tomorrow it is going to Louth and Skegness.

Leigh said: “Grantham is our first stop. The word most people have used to describe the baron is ‘colourful’. People say they cannot wait to see the rest of them.”

BBC Radio reporter Leigh Milner takes a selfie with the baron sculpture and local man Nigel Booth.

BBC Radio reporter Leigh Milner takes a selfie with the baron sculpture and local man Nigel Booth.

You can follow the Barons’ Charter Trail in Lincoln from June 13.

The Magna Carta baron sculpture took temporary pride of place next to the Isaac Newton statue in Grantham.

The Magna Carta baron sculpture took temporary pride of place next to the Isaac Newton statue in Grantham.