The Discworld Knight is a sculpture inspired by the magical writing of Sir Terry Pratchett and was created by long-time Discworld collaborator Paul Kidby.
The design reflects Paul’s career as illustrator for the late Sir Terry, creator of the dearly loved Discworld novels. Paul gave the Discworld Knight the face of Sir Terry and embellished his cloak, shield and sword with a montage of Discworld imagery.
The statue is part of a greater collection of over 50 life-sized, individually decorated, medieval Barons across Lincoln and Salisbury that make up The Barons’ Charter Trail, celebrating the anniversary of history through art.
The Barons have been decorated by local and regional artists and sponsored by a variety of businesses, organisations and individuals. Sir Terry Pratchett was knighted in 2009 and lived locally to Salisbury which seemed fitting for the Barons’ Charter project.
The design of the statue was already in production at the time of Terry’s passing on 12th March 2015. His family has kindly given permission for The Discworld Knight to be included in The Barons’ Charter project in his memory.
"We are delighted and honoured to display the Discworld Knight. Terry was a regular patron and would have been pleased to see this statue in the restaurant where he so often raised a glass with friends."
Elizabeth received the news from friend and pub local Rob Wilkins who was Business Manager and close friend of Sir Terry Pratchett. Rob bought the Discworld Knight for £5,000 at auction on 1st October and has temporarily loaned the statue to Elizabeth to display in the pub as a fitting tribute to Sir Terry.
The money raised from the sale of the Baron statues has gone to the Trussell Trust who raised an astonishing £222,850 in total. The Trussell Trust is a charity based in Salisbury that co-ordinate the only nationwide network of food banks in the country.
The Discworld Knight will remain at the Queen’s Head until it moves to its permanent home in the Chalke Valley in the coming weeks.