We are proud to inform you of our involvement in what has to be Lincoln’s biggest visitor attraction of the year. We have had the pleasure of working on the Lincoln Imp Trail project; a Wild in Art Event ran by Lincoln BIG to raise money for St Barnabas Hospice, a charity we have supported for many years, so when the opportunity arose to sponsor an imp, we couldn’t wait to go full “steam” ahead with the idea.

We saw how the Knight and Baron trail brought so much love and community spirit to the city, so it was important to us to be a part of it this time. We were attracted to the prospect of having our very own imp from the get-go, from supporting a local charity to seeing the streets of our city filled with the beautifully decorated famous imps.

Originally, the Lincoln Imp Trail was set to launch for Summer 2020, but as we all know, the year did not go to plan. Luckily, we’re able to celebrate it this year and enjoy all the wonderful designs. This could not have come at a better time; the impact of this event has caused widespread smiles across the whole of Lincolnshire (and beyond, as visitors from afar take on the challenge of the trail).

When deciding how we should decorate the imp, we wanted to ensure we stayed true to our Lincolnshire pride and show off the wonderful community. Steam Explorer, designed by Rosie Ablewhite, is based on the local steam punk event held annually in and around the Bailgate area of Lincoln. It brings hundreds of visitors to the city and revenue for the local businesses.


For a short period of time, we were able to have Steam Explorer on site. As restrictions were being lifted, he was able to take full advantage and get to know his Jacksons family.


During his time here, we were delighted to celebrate him securing 1st place on the Lincolnites favourite imp vote. With 4,443 votes out of almost 25,000, we won by over 700 votes – testament to the work by Rosie as she made our vision come alive. A huge THANK YOU from us here at Jacksons Workwear Rental, and Steam Explorer himself, to everyone who voted.

Flying the Nest

When it came to letting Steam Explorer go, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room, but he was ready to spread his wings and meet the world. However, it wasn’t goodbye, just a see you later… He’s outside the West Gate of Lincoln Castle opposite The Lawn, living his best life. Be sure to go and see him and have a photo taken –  he’s a friendly chap.

Once the imp is auctioned off, it raises valuable funds for St Barnabas – we’ll see you at the Cathedral for the auction on Friday October 1st !




Written by Ellie Dunn, Marketing Officer – August 2021