Have a frightfully good time at bash

Duchess's High School pupils Rachael MCtigue, Will Young, Charlotte Matthews and Laura Shepherd were among those who took part in a Hallowen fancy dress day to raise funds for charity.
Duchess's High School pupils Rachael MCtigue, Will Young, Charlotte Matthews and Laura Shepherd were among those who took part in a Hallowen fancy dress day to raise funds for charity.

CALLING all vampires, werewolves, witches and ghouls – you’ve been invited to Alnwick this weekend for a monster bash.

And there’s also room for fire-eaters, street performers and buskers too, at the town’s First (of 13) Hallowe’en Festival, which starts on Saturday.

Jeanette Hewson with a fellow witch at West Acre House.

Jeanette Hewson with a fellow witch at West Acre House.

Organised by the Alnwick Chamber of Trade (Act) and the Alnwick Tourist Association, there has been a magical response by local businesses to support the event.

Carlo Biagioni, chairman of Act, said: “Businesses are hoping for a good spell and we’ve lots happening, including ghost walks led by TV medium Ralph Keeton, ghost stories by firelight for kids in Barter Books and a ghostly bus trip around the town in one of the aptly named Dreadnought vintage coaches.”

Cooking up a spooky treat at The Oaks Hotel are assistant manager Garry Laidler and chef Brian Johnson.

Cooking up a spooky treat at The Oaks Hotel are assistant manager Garry Laidler and chef Brian Johnson.