IT’S A show of community spirit that would have probably sent outlaw Dick Turpin turning in his York grave.
The cemetery where he is laid to rest at St George’s Church, George Street, has been spruced up by a group of volunteers.
Next Monday will be 310 years since England’s most notorious highwayman – also known as John Palmer – was baptised in Hempstead, Essex. Over the past 18 months the graveyard where he now lies has been improved for visitors and residents alike.
The transformation is thanks to a collaboration between the Navigation and Walmgate Community Association, York Cares volunteers, Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors, tourist attraction York Dungeon and City of York Council.
Coun Andrew Waller, Executive Member for the Environment said: “Dick Turpin was a notorious national figure and I am not sure that he would have joined in a voluntary community project like this. However, this graveyard, a gem of historical interest, is now looking much improved. I’d like to thank everyone involved for their support and hope that this will encourage people to visit, and consider volunteering in their own area.”