Beloved gnomes to go for auction

'Ron the Gnome'
'Ron the Gnome'

A lifetime collection of 1,800 gnomes – owned by a former Alford man and one of Lincolnshire’s most colourful characters – is to be sold.

Ron Broomfield, known as ‘Ron the Gnome’, who died in April, began collecting the cheerful figures after becoming depressed when his marriage broke down in his early 30s.

Over the next 50 years, he made gnomes his life – collecting them, taking his favourite gnome everywhere with him, living in Gnome Cottage, appearing on numerous TV shows and in newspapers and raising thousands of pounds for the NSPCC.

His collection of gnomes is being sold at The Lincoln Auction Rooms of Golding Young and Mawer on Wednesday, July 15.

Proceeds from the sale will be donated to Alford First Responders.

His niece, Patricia Hammond, from St Albans, said: “Ron was a lovely, sincere man and everyone thought the world of him.

“Ron’s favourite gnome was called Sandy. He took him everywhere, including work and on holiday. He wrote a book with pictures of Sandy’s travels.

“In his will, Ron wanted his family to choose a gnome each and I chose to adopt Sandy and give him a good home.”