Why "CRACKER BOOKS"......................
Because of this four legged friend here on the right.
"Cricket Cracker" was the most impressive horse we ever had at Northcote.
Seen here with Terena who is the current Manager of the Sanctuary......the picture was taken by Bournemouth Press Services, at the time Cracker was the Guinness tallest Shire Horse in the World.He lived and worked at the Centre all his life from the age of three.
The first ever "Rum Life" story, published by Lincolnshire Independent Newspapers in 1999.
Reproduced here by kind permission of The Johnson Press Group.
I still think of myself as this age.....pic taken while working for Lincolnshire Standard group of Newspapers (for the second time in my life) in 1984!
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Keith Sanders, a “Yorkshireman”, was nominated in the 1990’s for an entry in the Martin Miller reference journal “BEST OF BRITISH MEN”.
Keith is an authority on the behaviour of animals...particularly Horses...and was ‘press ganged’ into the animal way of life by his family in about 1975.
Originally a newspaperman (of the old school), Keith has also encountered life in the guise of a motor car and heavy commercial vehicle salesman; “general line salesman” for the Firestone Tyre and Rubber Company; transport manager, and finally as a mobile crane driver before returning to newspapers as a photojournalist in the 1980’s.
More recently (in 1988), he began the Northcote Heavy Horse Centre ( a unique enthralling and thrilling experience for all ages) in rural Lincolnshire....in partnership with his wife Ruth (a Lincolnshire lass).
Keith is a confirmed Christian and BBC Television “Songs of Praise” visited the Centre in 1995.
At the Centre “today” (a Registered Charity and sanctuary for horses needing special care) the animals are encouraged to develop their own characters. They provide the entertainment for several thousand visitors every year.
Keith retired in 2008 after snapping his Achilles tendon and is continuing his lifetime as a “raconteur” with a series of books and audio stories illustrating his unusual way of life!
Sammy the Shire Horse and his friends , story books for children, first went into print in 1993 together with a very much “ahead of its time” pair of audio books with identical words plus sound effects and music. These are all gradually being re released as e books and audio downloads.
Keith’s own “Diary Stories” were first published as a regular series in his local newspaper in the late 1990’s.
Since then, Keith has continued to add to the huge number of intriguing and entertaining “daily happenings” until they now form the basis of the five “It’s a Rum Life” books.
Catch up with these short stories to read in a queue, doctors/dentists waiting room or on a journey.
All available free of charge.
If you would like to read them in sequence, then the books are published at low cost as e books and eventually as audio books.
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