“The design is inspired by the wonderful new tail fin design featuring the Union Jack flag, that the Red Arrows have just unveiled on their famous jets. It represents Lincolnshire pride of having the Red Arrows based in the County. The baron has been painted with nominated young people from Lincoln. Thanks go to Hannah, Maisie, Abbie, Lucy, Talia, Sophie, Becci, Jake and Shaeleigh who have done an exceptional job. Well done to a great team.” - Ruth Pigott
Robert Fitzwalter was the leader of the rebel barons. He was a feudal baron in Essex and Constable of Baynard's Castle in London. He was one of the envoys who invited Prince Louis to England, and was the first of the barons to do homage when Louis entered London. He served Louis with fidelity until he was captured at the battle of Lincoln in May 1217. After the peace, he joined the Fifth Crusade, but returned soon to make his peace with the regency. The rest of his life was uneventful, and he died in 1235.
By Ruth Pigott
Ruth Pigott is a mixed media artist. She trained as a theatre designer and since living in Lincolnshire from 2001, has worked as a community artist. She is the artistic director of Curiosity Creators, a company set up to support local community groups and schools with art based projects.
Sponsored by Virgin Trains East Coast
We at Virgin Trains East Coast are really excited to be helping promote the great events taking place in Lincoln this year as part of Magna Carta 800. Our baron has already been out and about on the East Coast Main Line and we hope it will attract lots of people to Lincoln on our special trains to enjoy the celebrations.