Christmas is a time when everyone loves to get huddled round to listen to a good ghost story. There’s something about a tale well told that builds anticipation, raises the heart rate and chills the listener to their core. This Saturday night (15th December) sees the first of a double-bill of ghostly delights over the festive period. Award winning paranormal team – Mostly Ghostly Investigations – are thrilled at the prospect of welcoming guests on their Christmas Haunted Theatre Tour and Doomsday in Dumfries Ghost Walk!
Kathleen Cronie, founder member of Mostly Ghostly said; ‘The Theatre Royal has to be one of the most active and atmospheric locations we’ve come across and never ceases to entice. Each time we take a group round, the sense of curiosity and desire for one of the Theatre’s resident spirits to make themselves known is very much in evidence. You can never predict what may happen and our recent anniversary tour certainly proved that!’
On the night in question, one young man got a real fright when an unseen presence touched his hand and proceeded to squeeze it. The man was clearly disturbed by this incident. Another boy felt light headed and got a tight sensation in his chest whilst sitting in what is considered the most haunted seat in the Theatre’s balcony. In the Upstairs Dressing Rooms, a lady felt herself swaying backwards and forwards and recovered upon leaving the area. A clear whistling sound was also picked up in the auditorium witnessed by at least sixteen participants.
Now to ancient prophecies; the cycle of the Mayan calendar ends on December 21 2012 and is said to signify the end of life as we know it on planet Earth. There are numerous theories circulating with everything from solar flares to planetary collisions being cited as the cause of our imminent demise. Like many of you out there, we are hopeful this does not happen and assuming we’re all still around, Mostly Ghostly invite you to join us on a ghastly pre-Christmas tour round old Dumfries on our flagship Dumfries Ghost Walk. Amongst Dumfries’ ghosts and hauntings, you will learn of personal doomsday scenarios, of disease and pestilence creating terror in the town, of a mother screaming for mercy as she was dragged to the gallows and the fiery fate of nine women accused of witchcraft!
Kathleen said ‘When cholera ravaged Dumfries in 1832, some of the townspeople believed it to be borne of polluted waste hanging in the air; a sort of miasma that cloaked the town and did not discriminate as to who would become the next victim.’ She added ‘Many shared the belief that God himself had deserted the town and the fear, uncertainty and constant reminders of death and the dying must surely have created a sense of doom, as if Dumfries had been plunged into its very own end of days scenario.’
‘As for the executions in Buccleuch Street, as judgement day drew nearer, there would be a heavy sense of foreboding that haunted those awaiting sentence. Take a moment to think how it might feel to be led out in front of the chaotic crowds, onlookers jostling for position, the sickening fear of a painful death, the humiliation and for one lady in particular, complete mental breakdown.’
‘The story of the Whitesands Witches is arguably the most horrifying account on the Dumfries Ghost Walk and our participants are noticeably affected by the dreadful fate which befell these women. The fire, the smoke, the screams…we cannot begin to imagine what it felt like for those poor souls as they faced their own personal Doomsday; hopeless, helpless and put to death in a most horrible manner.’
Despite the rumours of impending disaster, Mostly Ghostly are optimistic there will be a good turn out of hardy participants on their Doomsday Walk. Kathleen added ‘If all goes to plan, we’ll be celebrating our continuing existence whilst sharing the grim and ghoulish stories of those who weren’t so lucky…’
The Haunted Theatre Tour begins at 8pm on Saturday 15th December (tickets available on the door). Our Doomsday in Dumfries Ghost Walk leaves Midsteeple, Dumfries at 7pm on Friday 21st December (please arrive 15mins early). Tickets are available from the Midsteeple Box Office on 01387 253383 or via ticketweb.co.uk. For more information, contact us through our website or by phoning 07791 047835 or 07912 145865. You can also follow us on Twitter.
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