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Leaders gather for Lincolnshire Day celebration

2:57 pm, Friday, 30th September 2022 - 12 months ago


Working as one to unite our historic county; council leaders from across greater Lincolnshire have come together ahead of Lincolnshire Day on 1 October. Pictured above are (from the left): Cllr Stan Shreeve, the Deputy Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, Cllr Rob Waltham MBE, leader of North Lincolnshire Council and Cllr Martin Hill OBE, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council.

Political leaders, MPs, mayors and guests from across greater Lincolnshire came together today at Lincoln Castle for the annual Lincolnshire Day Civic Celebration Event.

Cllr Martin Hill (Leader, Lincolnshire County), Cllr Rob Waltham (Leader, North Lincolnshire) and Cllr Stan Shreeve (Deputy Leader, North East Lincolnshire) hosted the event at the 1,000 year-old castle in the heart of Lincoln to unite all of the historic county and strengthen ties between the three authority areas.

Lincolnshire’s Lord Lieutenant, Toby Dennis, opened the event with the raising of the Lincolnshire Flag above the castle’s Eastgate.

Now in its second year, the Lincolnshire Day Civic Celebration Event began as a ceremonial show of unity and pride in our great county. Hosting of the event rotates between the three local authorities to showcase different areas of Lincolnshire. The first event was held at Normanby Hall County Park near Scunthorpe on 1 October 2021.

Cllr Martin Hill OBE, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, said:

“It has been my absolute pleasure to welcome civic, political and other local leaders to Lincoln Castle today to mark Lincolnshire Day.

“We started the Lincolnshire Day Civic Celebration Event to show that the invisible lines of local government do not separate us; from the Humber to the Wash we are one Lincolnshire.

“For a number of years now, Lincolnshire County Council, North Lincolnshire Council, and North East Lincolnshire Council have been working together towards common goals; to see Lincolnshire as a place to invest, a place to visit, and a wonderful place to live. Coming together on our county day is a chance to reflect on those goals and make plans to strengthen our ties into the future.”

Cllr Rob Waltham MBE, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“Lincolnshire Day is all about celebrating and showcasing everything that is great about our region, from Barton to Boston, Crowle to Cleethorpes.

“There is so much that unites us, and we are looking forward together to a future of well paid, sustainable jobs, opportunity and investment that will improve the lives of everyone in our great county, now and for generations to come.”

Cllr Stan Shreeve, the Deputy Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, was co-hosting the event on behalf of Leader Cllr Philip Jackson. He said:

“The opportunity for us all to share a regional vision and move forward with united plans is one that we must grasp.

“As we plan for the future, we must look at ways in which we can continue to improve for the benefit of our businesses, our young people and families, and our communities as a whole.”

Tomorrow, the Lincolnshire Flag can be seen flying over Grimsby and Cleethorpes Town Halls, Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre, Grimsby Minster and Immingham Civic Hub.

Why 1 October?

Lincolnshire Day is celebrated every year on 1 October and marks the anniversary of the ‘Lincolnshire Rising’, a revolt by Catholics against the establishment of the Church of England by King Henry VIII in 1536.

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