The 36 Lincoln Knights statues, which formed a trail around the city, have been sold off to raise nearly £180,000 for charity. Hundreds of people gathered at the city's cathedral for the auction.
It was the Knight of Skies (pictured above) signed by the last surviving Dambuster, Johnny Johnson MBE, which went for the biggest amount - £15,000.
There was cheering and loud applause when artist Rosie Ablewhite’s mum Di Ablewhite clinched the statue. She has been passionate about Bomber Command for years, volunteering at the International Bomber Command Centre on open days and also researching its digital archive.
Members of The Lady Imps Supporters Association (LISA) rushed to throw a Red Imps scarf around the Lincoln City Knight, after clinching their favourite with a bid of £6,000. The money was raised through crowdfunding, bucket collections at the Barnet game, and local businesses who are supporters of the club, who believed the Knight belonged at Sincil Bank. They formed a consortium which was instrumental in allowing LISA to make the winning bid.
Money raised by the auction will go to The Nomad Trust which supports the homeless in Lincoln. It will be used to help build a day centre to support more vulnerable people.