MY LINCOLN: Why do we hide our Roman past from view?
More town twinning friendships and cycle tracks would help make Lincoln a better place, say the latest two Echo readers to have their say in this week's My Lincoln column. To share your views, answer the questions below and e-mail paul.whitelam@ lincolnshireecho.co.uk
PCSO Sarah Lingard, 31, is based in North Hykeham and lives in south Lincoln.
What brings you to Lincoln? I was "born and bred up 'ere". I was born in the County Hospital and grew up in North Hykeham. I am a hereditary Freeman of the City of Lincoln handed down to me through the paternal line. I joined Lincolnshire Police in 2003 as one of "Blunket's Bobbies". We were the first intake of PCSOs into Lincoln and my first beat was Birchwood and Hartsholme. My dad was a police officer and that was his last beat 20 years before.
If you had to describe Lincoln in three words, what would they be? Beautiful cathedral city.
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Aside from the cathedral, where is your favourite tourist spot in the city? The Museum of Lincolnshire Life. My grandma, Eileen Lingard, collected Victorian and Edwardian clothing and she donated some of her collection to the museum. My grandma gave me my love of local history, she was a great story teller and a mine of information.
If there was one thing you could change about the city, what would it be? Traffic. Anyone who knows me well knows that I can be quite impatient. I love cycling, on or off duty, so I prefer to cycle into town rather than sit in queuing traffic.
Tell us what you think is Lincoln's best kept secret? The Roman archaeology which is hidden from public view and requires trips down into basements and cellars to view it.
What's your ideal night out in the city? Watching a film at the Odeon and getting a bite to eat.
How would you change Lincoln in the next ten years? I would like to see the eastern bypass built to help ease some of the traffic for Lincoln and Hykeham. I would like there to be more facilities like The Showroom on Tritton Road for young people. It would be good to have something which perhaps has swimming facilities, ice skating, etc, all under one roof.
Do you watch or follow any of Lincoln's sports teams? I do not follow any of the local teams although I am always pleased to hear when a local team wins, whatever the sport.
If you could give £20,000 to any city or charity project, which would you choose and why? As my beat covers the villages south of Lincoln I would probably give the money to the youth clubs in Witham St Hughs and Skellingthorpe and look at setting up a club or group in Bassingham. If young people are engaged in positive activities they are less likely to become involved in antisocial behaviour and crime.
How can we best encourage Lincoln's many different communities to get along better? Love thy neighbour. I think the first step is at least being able to say hello to the person living next door. On a larger scale, community events often bring people together. Also town twinning is an excellent way to share and learn about different communities. My mother and father visited Poland in 2011 as members of Hykeham Twinning Association and learned from the enjoyable trip. If she could, my grandma would probably tell you that Lincoln has long had large Polish and Chinese communities so I guess it is no accident that Lincoln has twinning agreements with towns in those countries.
Darryl Uglow, 44, a financial manager, lives in Bracebridge Heath.
What brings you to Lincoln? I was born in Cornwall and moved here when I was about 1 because my dad came up to Lincoln for work.
If you had to describe Lincoln in three words, what would they be? Old and new.
Aside from the cathedral, where is your favourite tourist spot in the city? The Sir Joseph Banks Conservatory, when it's watered.
If there was one thing you could change about the city, what would it be? Better cycle tracks. The bit from Waddington, serving Bracebridge Heath and into the city, is missing.
Tell us what you think is Lincoln's best kept secret? The cloisters inside the cathedral. It's a tranquil courtyard.
What's your ideal night out in the city? Watching a band at the Engine Shed or going to a real ale pub like the Golden Eagle in the High Street.
How would you change Lincoln in the next ten years? Lower the High Street rents to allow more independent stores to open.
Do you watch or follow any of Lincoln's sports teams? I used to be a Lincoln City FC season ticket holder but I'm not anymore because of the cost. I coach girls' football for Lincoln Griffins.
If you could give £20,000 to any city or charity project, which would you choose and why? Probably something to do with youth development. Is youth provision currently what young people want it to be?
How can we best encourage Lincoln's many different communities to get along better? It's about having good facilities. If people know they can go out in the evening in a safe environment they will mix and get to know each other. Pete Genders has taken on the old Ritz Cinema which appeals to people of all backgrounds and ages and also gets those people involved in volunteering.