Getting a taste for witchcraft!

Clitheroe's own master of the macabre, Simon Entwistle, with the colourful cast of the Blackpool Tower Dungeon on the slopes of Pendle Hill. (s)

Clitheroe's own master of the macabre, Simon Entwistle, with the colourful cast of the Blackpool Tower Dungeon on the slopes of Pendle Hill. (s)

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Charges of witchcraft were leveled again on the slopes of Pendle Hill... just months before the 400th anniversary of the most famous witch trials in English history.

The courtroom was Barley Village Hall, but these, thankfully, were mock trials,for the judge and accused alike were performers from a soon-to-open Blackpool tourist attraction.

The newly assembled cast of the seaside town’s macabre new attraction, the Blackpool Tower Dungeon, enjoyed a special team outing today to the scene of one Lancashire history’s darkest chapters.

Before launching into rehearsals and some specially tailored role-play, the gruesome crew were given a brief reminder of the grim events of 1612 by colourful Clithroe local historian Simon Entwistle.

“We nipped up the road so that Simon could regale our actors and actresses, all in full costume of course, in the shadow of Pendle Hill itself,” said Dungeon performance director Kieron Smith. “I thought it would be great team-building exercise and really help them get into character.”

The chilling events of 1612 will be recounted in the new Blackpool Tower Dungeon, but a surprise twist will see visitors themselves condemned and escorted to the gallows – a nerve-shredding drop ride called Extremis.