Epic ride to mark Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary

From left:  Fred Calvert and Chris Ward, from the Rotary Club of Amble and Warkworth, Lance Allan and Sally Black, of Warkworth Parish Council.
From left: Fred Calvert and Chris Ward, from the Rotary Club of Amble and Warkworth, Lance Allan and Sally Black, of Warkworth Parish Council.
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A hardy cyclist, who pedalled 800 miles to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta, finished his epic journey with a stop in Northumberland.

Lance Allan visited Warkworth and Alnwick on Sunday to end his gruelling charity challenge, visiting the 25 towns and villages which were home to the medieval barons who signed the Great Charter with King John in 1215.

From left: Lance Allan, Mayor of Alnwick Bill Grisdale and the town's Common Bellman John Stevens.

From left: Lance Allan, Mayor of Alnwick Bill Grisdale and the town's Common Bellman John Stevens.

The Rowbridge Town Council clerk completed the ride, from Somerset to Northumberland, in the space of eight days, while raising money along the way for Dorothy House Hospice Care and Re-cycle (Bicycle Aid for Africa).

He was welcomed into Alnwick with a cry from Common Bellman John Stevens.

Both Alnwick and Warkworth have been part of the Magna Carta anniversary celebrations for their connection to the signing of the Great Charter. Among the key barons were John FitzRobert, described as lord of Warkworth Castle, and lord of Alnwick, Eustace de Vesci.

Earlier this month, Warkworth held a weekend of festivities to mark the historic occasion, while a Magna Carta exhibition at Alnwick’s Bailiffgate Museum ends on Sunday.