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interruption was caused by Douglas who, having voraciously devoured his meal, was left with the top crust of his bap. He tried to dispose of this by auctioning it for rotary foundation and succeeded in raising the grand sum of £2 for the charity although the successful purchaser did not fancy his leftovers and he was left with it.

The meal completed, we then marched up to the Tolsey museum, which was once the centre of the local wool trade, to meet our dubious guide, Bill Spectre, who was appropriately attired for the event. He took us on a tour of the town stopping at various points to explain the dastardly events that had taken place in the past and caused the ghosts of the victims to return and haunt the buildings.

He called for volunteers (mostly press-ganged) to help with his stories and, together with various props, he produced some gruesome but amusing yarns. The volunteers played their parts well but one in particular, John (Whitney), was

brilliant in his portrayal of the monk at the Priory (I think he missed his vocation) and caused Mr Spectre some consternation when he tried to work out how he had stopped the clapper in the bell working!

The story of the hated Lady Tanfield, trapping her ghost in a tiny bottle, really stretched the imagination. The thumb-screws, the white lady at the window and other stories were equally amusing if only partially believable. He finished the tour by taking us to The George, The Olde Coaching Inn, where he related the tale of Tom,

Dick and Harry, three brothers from a local affluent family who resorted to a life of crime and terror.

Interspersed with Bill’s stories were some solid historical facts which provided a minuscule amount of credibility but the tour was generally light hearted and amusing and I am sure that it was enjoyed by everyone.

It merely remains to say a big ‘thank-you’ to Bjorn for organising the evening. Ray Avenell

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