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Ghosts of town to be discovered
11:00am Monday 28th October 2013 in News
LEDBURY is gearing up for some spook-tacular activities this Halloween.
Pre-school youngsters at the Playstation Day Nursery, off the Homend, have made it an annual tradition to decorate their play areas each year in time for the celebration, as well as holding a Halloween party and this year has been no exception.
Meanwhile, the spectres of Ledbury will be hunted down by those brave enough to tread its ancient streets by night.
Experienced guide Elisabeth Galvin will be in costume and character offering all the spinechilling information during a ghostly tour of the town on Thursday, October 31.
She is promising plenty of intriguing detail, if not actual supernatural happenings.
“This is a genuine ghost walk with genuine ghost stories,” she said.
But Ms Galvin, an official town guide, said that only once has she encountered an inexplicable happening on a tour, and that was right at the end of one, in the Talbot Hotel, when she and several witnesses saw a pot lid fly off a shelf in the bar, for no apparent reason.
The Talbot in New Street is reputed to be haunted by the ghost of a servant girl who died in cross-fire during a Civil War clash in the pannelled room between Cavaliers and Roundheads.
But Ms Galvin singles out the old Abbey Bakery, now part of the Olive Tree Restaurant, as one of the most fascinating reputed hauntings, because she has logged a number of witnesses, all claiming to have seen the spirit of a little girl.
The building, in the Homend, is believed to have been a former coaching inn called the Swan, and there have also been accounts of people seeing a phantom coach there, or hearing the wheels and the horses.
It is Ms Galvin’s work as a town guide which has thrown up another interesting possibility of a haunting.
While giving a recent historical tour of the Elizabethan Painted Room in the town council offices, and without discussing ghosts in any way, a visitor told Ms Galvin that she had to leave the room at once because she was experiencing “a sense of great sadness”.
However, because the Painted Room is locked at night, it will not feature on Ms Galvin’s ghost walk.
There will be two Ledbury ghost walks on the night of Halloween, with one for families taking place at 6.30pm and another for adults only at 8.30pm.
Bookings must be in advance, on children younger than seven are only allowed at parents’ discretion.
Unaccompanied children are not allowed.
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