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Popular Bury St Edmunds ghostly and macabre tours set to launch in time for Hallowe’en





As Hallowe’en approaches, tours showcasing the spooky side of Bury St Edmunds start later this month.

Organisers of ghostly and macabre tours promise the 90-minute experience is ‘a tenner well spent’ – with new facts and tales this year.

John Saunders, Bury Tour Guides spokesman, said: “A lot of people on our tours are local so it is important we refresh the tours and try to find new stories, all of which are checked to confirm they represent the sights or beliefs of the originators.

Steve Ruthen, John Saunders, Martyn Taylor and Mike Dean alongside St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Picture: Alan Baxter
Steve Ruthen, John Saunders, Martyn Taylor and Mike Dean alongside St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Picture: Alan Baxter

“This year we have recent happenings which will bring a tingle to the spine.”

The tours are a mix of fun and learning as the gruesome nature of Bury’s past is exposed.

Being led through the town’s dark streets by the costumed guides adds to the atmosphere – sombre funereal voices, the ashen-faced Grey Lady or the unflinching Witchfinder General contrast with the mellow tones of the medieval monk.

John said: “Visitors can hear how visions have disappeared through thick walls or objects have suddenly taken flight, consider the extent to which blood was shed in past times and understand why grave-robbing was a popular habit and to be sufficiently brave to walk through the pitch-black churchyard.”

The tours frequently sell out, guests must be aged 14 years upwards.

For more information, go to www.burystedmundstourguides.org