Face coverings modelled on the 18th century highwayman Dick Turpin are being sold in York – where he was executed.
York Gin – who make an Outlaw super-strength gin inspired by the baddie – have branched out into face covers, soon to be mandatory in shops.
The black microfibre bandanas fit over the nose and mouth – just like Dick Turpin’s did as he tried to disguise himself while he robbed stagecoaches and stole horses. He was hanged on the city’s Knavesmire field in 1739.
The face covers have the word ‘Outlaw’ along with the York Gin logo on them. They can also be used as scarfs, headbands and wrist bands.
York Gin co-founder Emma Godivala said: ‘It looks like face covers are here for the foreseeable future, so we wanted to make some that looked great – and have a bit of fun.
“The obvious one was to get a design based on one of York’s famous baddies, Dick Turpin – who no doubt would have enjoyed a tot of gin too.”
“We’re giving £1 for each sale of our Outlaw bandanas to two local charities we support – St Leonard’s Hospice and York Cats Protection. We don’t think Dick Turpin would have approved of that!”
The bandanas cost £15 each from the York Gin shop in the centre of the city, or online at yorkgin.com.