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Hunt veteran's caravan death

A LEADING member of the Barlow Hunt has been killed after suffering severe burns in a fire that tore through her caravan in North Derbyshire.
Anne Wilson, aged 87, was senior joint master of the hunt, and lived in a mobile home at Highlightley Farm, Highlightley Lane, Barlow, near Dronfield.

The blaze is believed to have been spotted by passers-by who called firefighters.

They found Miss Wilson still alive and called for an ambulance to take her to the Chesterfield's Royal Hospital but she died there three hours later.

An investigation is ongoing into the cause of the blaze, which broke out at about 2.40pm on Friday and gutted the caravan where she lived alone.Ali Turner, fellow joint master of the hunt, paid tribute to her colleague.

She said: "She was very well-known, not only in the Barlow area but elsewhere in the hunt scene throughout the country.

"The pensioner was devoted to the hunt, having been involved for "many years".

The hunt was led by members of Miss Wilson's family since Victorian times, although it has been run by a committee from the late 1980s.

Television entertainer Bernie Clifton and his family, who have a neighbouring farm, were shocked by the tragedy. His daughter said: "She was a nice lady and we're saddened by what's happened."

A Derbyshire Fire Service spokesman said: "As soon as crews arrived at the scene they requested an ambulance for the occupant, who had suffered burns. Sadly, she later died.
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