17th April 2002




Four sisters from Essex are riding from Dick Turpin’s birthplace in Essex to the site of his execution in York to raise money to support farmers in crisis.


And they will be stopping off at the Caythorpe campus of the University of Lincoln tomorrow (Thursday) to stable their horses at the university’s equine centre.


Katie Fairbank, Georgie Barrow, Emily Sanders and Alice Sanders were raised on a farm in Hempstead, north Essex, birthplace of the infamous highwayman.


“Following the recent foot and mouth epidemic and the farming crisis in general we felt that young farmers in particular will need help if rural industry and related businesses are to survive,” said Katie.


The foursome set off from their home village on Sunday 14th April and aim to reach York - where Turpin was hanged in 1739 -  next week after nine days in the saddle.


According to legend Turpin shot fellow highwayman Tom King after an argument and then rode from Essex to York (a distance of some 180 miles) in just three days, killing his horse Black Bess in the process.


“We have a positive outlook and want to help farmers regenerate and diversify so that they can continue to farm and manage the countryside, keeping rural areas alive in the future,” Katie added.


“We’re very pleased to be coming to Lincolnshire and extremely grateful for all the very kind help we’ve been given by local people.”


If you would like to support the Dick Turpin ride either call the sisters on 07958 996871, email info@turpinride.org.uk or send a cheque payable to Dick Turpin’s Fund to Dick Turpin’s Fund, Great Dawkins, Hempstead, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 2PJ.


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For more information, or to arrange a photograph of the riders at Caythorpe, contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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