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Wednesday, 7 August 2002

Ghost writers hunt for spooky tales

Organisers of a charity ghost walk which has spooked residents and visitors to a north Dorset town are now appealing for more information for a book.

Catherine O'Donnell and Susan Burleigh were the originators of the Hallowe'en walk which for the past two years has tempted the brave and not-so-brave to discover the phantom secrets of the Blandford area.

Now they and their friends are compiling a book for which they need more first-hand accounts of ghostly encounters from Blandford and its outlying villages.

"We know the area is rich in history and has plenty of mysterious tales and legends, so any new accounts would be very much appreciated, " said Catherine.

"We are interested in a wide range of topics - phantom coaches, black dogs, ghostly battles, encounters with ouija boards, etc.

"But we need first-hand accounts." Anyone with any tales of the unexpected can contact them via e-mail on deaddorset@yahoo. com, or write to Catherine c/o the Western Gazette at Sherborne Road, Yeovil BA21 4YA.

Proceeds of the ghost walks in 2000 and 2001 amounted to more than £400, every penny of which is going to Dorset Cancer Care.

Catherine thanked all those who had attended, and who had already given them stories to tell, adding that anyone with new tales could remain anonymous if they so wished.

Royalties from the book will be going to the Marie Curie Cancer Appeal.

Source: Western Gazette 7th August 2002

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