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English Heritage Paranormal Podcasts

The ruined castles around Yorkshire have long held stories of spectral sightings and things that go bump in the night – and this October, English Heritage is inviting visitors to listen into genuine paranormal investigations at some of the spookiest sites, with the launch of a new website featuring podcasts of recent ghost hunts!

The new website, www.haunted-heritage.org.uk, is launched at the beginning of October 2007, to mark the start of Haunted Heritage season. From the site, visitors will be able to download podcasts made at some of English Heritage’s key castles throughout Yorkshire– and hear some very spooky stories.

“We’ve never tried creating podcasts before, and with the success of TV programmes like Most Haunted, we thought that a programme for Halloween would make an excellent start, so we invited a group of investigators along to Clifford’s Tower in York to stage an overnight vigil,” explains English Heritage’s Northern marketing manager, Nicola Bexon. “The experiences of the evening were bizarre, to say the least – we had enough recorded material to make an hour long programme, but have condensed it down to a scintillating 12 minutes!”

The podcasts were recorded by BBC local radio presenter, Jamie Wilkinson, who took different teams of paranormal investigators to sites around Yorkshire to see what they could find. “I really was not sure what to expect on these visits, but it was a fascinating experience. The evening at Clifford’s Tower, when we tried out some ‘table tipping’ was quite intense. Your rational mind tries to explain what happened afterwards, but some of the things that happened during the evening, like a brand new set of batteries in my recording equipment draining within 30 minutes, do seem to defy logical explanation.”

Three podcasts – Clifford’s Tower, Helmsley Castle and Scarborough Castle – will be posted on the website during the course of the month.

From 17 October, the website will also include a forum, inviting members of the public to post their experiences of paranormal activity at English Heritage sites throughout the region – and given that the sites are reputed to be some of the most paranormally ‘active’ in the country, plenty of sightings are expected!

The website will remain live throughout October, and can be accessed on www.haunted-heritage.org.uk
Discount vouchers are also available for download offering 2-for-1 entry at most of English Heritage’s sites in Yorkshire.

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For further media information or photographs, please contact:
Jay Commins
PRO – English Heritage
Footprint Impression Management Limited
Tel: 0113 251 5698
Fax: 0113 251 5351
Email: jay@fim.org.uk

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