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Friday, 31 October 2003

Ghostly Echo

It is not unusual for staff to be coming and going from the Daily Echo's head office in Bournemouth at strange times.

I have been here in the early hours a number of times myself, but have to confess I have never seen anything of the ghosts that are said to float around our offices and the eerie basement area.

Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo 31st Oct 2003

Thursday, 30 October 2003

Giant willow man lights up village

A giant willow man will go up in flames tomorrow as part of an ancient Celtic ritual to be re-enacted at the Bottle Inn at Marshwood.

The 15ft high man has been created by community artists Fenella Stride and Aviva Halter-Hurn at Bettiscombe Manor and took some three days to make.

Source: Bridport and Lyme Regis News Thursday 30th Oct 2003

Wednesday, 29 October 2003

`Check in' out the hotel ghouls

A highwayman, a woman in black and spirit children are just some of the spooks I hoped to meet at the Crown Hotel in Blandford.

I joined an all-night vigil with a group of ghost enthusiasts at the hotel, reputedly home to several spirits which have driven many guests screaming from their bedrooms.

Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo 29th Oct 2003

Tuesday, 28 October 2003

Size did matter

Lord of the Rings author J R R Tolkein, (who lived in Poole for a while), readily admitted that the concept of Middle Earth was not his own invention but was drawn from Anglo-Saxon and Norse mythology.

But the magical world of Middle Earth was more than a concept - it really existed.

Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Tuesday 28th Oct 2003

Friday, 17 October 2003

Patrol officers spotted big cat

Futher credence has been given to tales of big cats roaming the Dorset countryside after two policemen on night patrol spotted one.

Officers Jon Kuspert and Richard Lill were out in Edmondsham patrolling for poachers when they spotted an unusual creature in their headlights.

Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo 17th Oct 2003

Thursday, 9 October 2003

Haunting experiences

Ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night have fascinated Mankind since the dawn of history.

Have you seen a spook or felt a phantom presence?

We are looking to include your best ghost stories in our Ghost Week later this month in the run-up to Hallowe'en.

Dorset and the New Forest have had their fair share of spectral sightings.

There have been reports of phantasmal hooded priests, Roman soldiers, horse-drawn carriages and mysterious mists.

As recently as 1980, the ghostly figure of a man dressed in a raincoat has been seen walking by the Bourne Stream at Coy Pond.

He is said to vanish whenever witnesses get close.

At Scaplens Court in Poole, once a town house and now a museum, the ghost of a woman thought to be maid Agnes Beard, who was brutally murdered there in 1598, has been seen walking across the courtyard.

Then there's the headless woman at Corfe Castle; the chilling sound of youngsters playing at a Poole hotel where, it is said, a former landlord imprisoned two deformed children; and the spirit of a pet monkey who starved to death hundreds of years ago in Athelhampton Hall - the legends go on and on.

Every day during Ghost Week, we will be relating some of the ghost tales from across this area to get you in the Hallowe'en spirit.

Britain is said to have more ghosts per square mile than any other country. And with so much supernatural activity there's a chance Echo reporters could find themselves with uninvited guests when they stay in some of this area's most haunted spots.

We are sending staff to spend the night in places spooks have been seen or heard, including the Echo and Adver-tiser offices in Richmond Hill, Bournemouth, and Poole's High Street.
And as long as they return to tell the tale, you can read their reports every day in the Daily Echo from Monday, October 27, to Friday, October 31.

Send your chilling ghost tales to Melanie Warman, Newsroom, Daily Echo, Richmond Hill, Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 6HH or e-mail melanie.warman@bournemouthecho.co.uk

Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Thursday 9th Oct 2003

Monday, 8 September 2003

That's all folk!

The 11th Swanage Folk Festival left summer season worshippers begging for more with a weekend of music and dance.

Nearly 10,000 people descended on the Purbeck town from Friday to Sunday, lured by the 46 dance acts and over 20 bands from across the country.

Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Monday 8th Sep 2003

Saturday, 9 August 2003

Stories of Dorset

Storyteller David James is collecting memories for his one-man travelling show about the history of Dorset.

The former Wey Valley School teacher from Weymouth is taking his unique brand of performance art on the road to keep tales of yesteryear alive.

Source: Dorset Echo Saturday 9th Aug 2003

Tuesday, 6 May 2003

Strange case of the ghost in the castle

Is it a reflection or could it, just possibly, be the face of the ghost of Mary Bonham Christie, the reclusive grand owner of Brownsea Castle who died on the very day she left the island?

Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo 6th May 2003

Monday, 5 May 2003

Sex marks the spot

It is something that most Dorset folk have known for ages.

But now a magazine survey has revealed Dorset as the perfect place for love, with the county featuring five times in a survey of Britain's top hot spots.

Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Monday 5th May 2003

Tuesday, 8 April 2003

Phantom in focus?

Is there a ghost in Tyneham who keeps popping up whenever someone gets out a camera?

Back in February we published a photo taken through the window of a derelict cottage in the lost village of Tyneham.

It was snapped by Christopher Grist, of Bournemouth, who nearly jumped out of his skin when he had the photo developed and saw in the background what appeared to be the ghostly figure of a soldier.

Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Tuesday 8th Apr 2003

Friday, 28 February 2003

They're coming!

Shocked David Kingston was flooded with bookings for an unexplained mysteries conference in Dorchester after the success of a Stephen Spielberg UFO drama.

He claimed fans were coming from the United States, Israel, France, Holland and Italy for the one-day event at the Corn Exchange on April 6.

Source: Dorset Echo Friday 28th Feb 2003

Sunday, 23 February 2003

A ghost at the window

Is there a ghostly figure outside the window in the photograph or isn't there? Some people reckon they can see it, others are sceptical.

Christopher Grist took this photograph through a window of one of the derelict cottages at the lost village of Tyneham, without noticing anything untoward.

He didn't give it another thought until the film was developed some time later when his partner asked if he had played with the image on a computer.

He hadn't, but spotted immediately what she was talking about.

Now Christopher is putting out an unusual Snapshots of the Past appeal.

He is wondering whether anyone else has heard of any ghostly experiences at Tyneham, the Purbeck village that was taken over by the Army during the war but never returned to the villagers.

Or if there was any event at the village that was evacuated in December 1943 that might give rise to such a sighting.

"I'm sceptical myself," he said, "but there's definitely something there."

Christopher, who lives in Bournemouth and is trained as a vehicle technician, can see in the photo, through the window, between the trees, the image of a man.

Many others reckon they can see the shape, too. Others, however, see nothing at all.

"It's a bit unnerving," he said. "It looks like a man in a greatcoat with a flat cap on. Could it be a soldier?"

Others who can make out a shape reckon the figure might be wearing a helmet.

Is it a trick of the light or a pattern of twigs?

Christopher took another photograph of the wood through the window just a few seconds before taking his spooky snap.

On that one there was no weird shadow.

And he has been back to check if there is any foliage or anything else suggesting the eerie shape.

There wasn't, he said.

Source: by Ed Perkins, Bournemouth Daily Echo Tuesday 25 February 2003 (link broken)
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