Winner of Mallard painting is presented with his prize outside the Guildhall in Grantham

Pictured are, from left - Courtney Finn, Eddie Lincoln and Richard Coppin.
Pictured are, from left - Courtney Finn, Eddie Lincoln and Richard Coppin.
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A framed painting of the Mallard was presented to its new owner on Wednesday, the winner of a raffle held over the ‘Story of Speed’ festival.

Eddie Lincoln, 57, from Barrowby, picked the winning ticket and was pleased to hear he had won, saying he would hang it above his fireplace.

He said: “I’m very happy I won it, I’m not very lucky and never win things.

“To meet the artist as well is an honour.”

The artist was Richard Coppin, 56, the creator of artwork on a signboard at Grantham train station which tells the history of the town’s railway network.

He said: “It’s good to see where it’s going to go, and that it’s staying in the area.”

Richard donated the framed picture as a prize, with 1,800 people buying raffle tickets over the festival weekend in the hope of winning it.

Sold at £1 a ticket, the raffle made £1,535 for a fund to be spent on the installation of future blue plaques in the town.

Courtney Finn, 71, of the Grantham Civic Society, said more blue plaques are in the pipeline. He is currently researching a gun-maker from Grantham, who is believed to have supplied a pistol used by an American president in a dual.