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Jon Egging Trust students presented with graduation certificates

Students of the Jon Egging Trust have been presented with their graduation certificates by Professor Brian Cox.

Professor Cox (left) and Emma Egging

Professor Cox was in Lincoln in his role as patron of the charity which was set up to hour the memory of Red Arrows pilot, Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging, who died during an air display in 2011.

His widow, Emma, and other Red Arrows were also in attendance at the ceremony at the Priory Witham Academy in Lincoln.

Princess Anne give Lincoln Castle royal seal of approval

Princess Anne has given Lincoln Castle the royal seal of approval marking its official opening today.

HRH Princess Anne at Lincoln Castle Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Hundreds of people gathered at the Castle to catch a glimpse of her Royal Highness.

HRH Princess Anne unveils a plaque at Lincoln Castle Credit: ITV Yorkshire

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Crowds gather at Lincoln Castle to see Princess Royal

Crowds of people have been gathering at Lincoln Castle to catch a glimpse of Princess Anne.

Crowds waiting to see Princess Anne at Lincoln Castle Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Her Royal Highness is in the city to mark the official opening of the castle in time for the Magna Carta's 800th anniversary celebrations.

The stage is set ready for the Princess Royal Credit: ITV Yorkshire
Chief Fire officer Dave Ramscar top with Police & Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Princess Royal to officially open Magna Carta exhibition

The new Magna Carta exhibition at Lincoln Castle will be officially opened by the Princess Royal today. The historic document, which is celebrating its 800th anniversary this year, is now housed in a purpose built vault at the Castle.

The David PJ Ross Magna Carta Vault is the centrepiece of the £22m Lincoln Castle Revealed refurbishment project. It features an underground widescreen cinema allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the story of King John, the barons and the birth of the Great Charter like never before.

It is also the only place in the world where a 1215 Magna Carta and be seen alongside its sister document, the 1217 Charter of the Forest.

Big Lunch in Lincoln

Lincoln locals are being encouraged to come together to enjoy a big lunch on Park Street today.

Age UK Lincoln will be hosting the charity's first ever The Big Lunch event.

The Big Lunch will take place on Park Street, Lincoln and extend onto Mint Street and Beaumont Fee from 12 noon to 3pm.

The Big Lunch is a free and public event open to people of all ages. Food and refreshments will be available on the day, but those who wish to attend are encouraged to bring along snacks of their choice.

We work hard at Age UK Lincoln to fight loneliness and improve the lives of older people in the city and surrounding areas. The event is a great opportunity for our service users and the rest of our community to come together and enjoy one another's company over sandwiches and cakes.

– Helena Burt, Assistant Manager at Age UK Lincoln

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Home-start volunteers protest in Lincoln

Home-Start volunteers are protesting in Lincoln today against funding cuts being made by Lincolnshire County Council.

Lincolnshire County Council is withdrawing funding for the service which provides support for families facing difficulties. It could see 560 vulnerable families lose support and the role of 500 volunteers put at risk.

Honouring Lincoln's war heroes

The unveiling outside Lincoln Drill Hall of commemorative paving stones in memory of two local war heroes is one of hundreds of events that are being held across the country. They are to mark the 100th anniversary of 628 men receiving the highest military honour for valour during World War One. At today's event the 'mascot ram' of the Mercian Regiment was also brought along for the occasion. Kate Hemingway reports.

Lincoln remembers war heroes

Two war heroes from Lincoln have been remembered at a special event in the city. James Upton and Leonard Keyworthwere both awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War.

James Upton, left, and Leonard Keyworth

A ceremony has been held at the city's Drill Hall to unveil two commemorative paving stones in honour of the two men. And an exhibition has opened which illustrates Lincolnshire's involvement in the war, with its many stories of heroism.

Remembering the heroes

The stones are a way of honouring the bravery of these two men, providing a lasting legacy within the community. And the complementary exhibition will help residents gain a greater understanding of the part Lincolnshire played during the war. It will reveal some of the many stories of heroism that are connected with the county, the Lincolnshire Regiment and the Lincolnshire Yeomanry. You'll also have a chance to see many contemporary items from the First World War, including photographs, letters, war diaries and trench maps.

– Councillor Nick Worth, Executive Member for Culture and Heritage,
Ceremonial mascot also attends
Commemorative stones

The exhibition runs at the archives from 12-4pm, and entry is free. The council is eager to hear from any relatives of the two men. People can get in touch by emailing Adrian Wilkinson.

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