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GHOSTS: Ribble Valley ghost tour leader aims for Tourism Superstar award

GHOST TRAIN: Simon heads to London courtesy of Virgin Trains for filming at Visit England, cheered on by Cheryl Marland, of Preston station customer services.

GHOST TRAIN: Simon heads to London courtesy of Virgin Trains for filming at Visit England, cheered on by Cheryl Marland, of Preston station customer services.

SPOOKY storyteller Simon Entwistle wants the public to vote him to victory as a superstar of tourism.

He is the North West’s finalist in the national Visit England Tourism Superstar 2013 awards, which recognise exceptional characters working in the tourism industry.

Simon regularly gives ghost/supernatural tours at regular haunts across Lancashire including Clitheroe Castle, Samlesbury Hall, Pendle Witch Country and Ribble Valley’s haunted inns.

He has also helped prepare actors for the launch of the Blackpool Dungeon and next month will give his first ghost tour of the Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Simon was nominated by Marketing Lancashire - formerly the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board - for his long-standing relationship as ghost guide and supernatural story-teller at Samlesbury Hall, said to be one of the most haunted houses in Britain.

“It’s a bit like a second home” says Simon, who has been delighting visitors there for more than 10 years with his dramatic and chilling tales of the hall’s turbulent past, the horrible histories of witches, murders and countless unexplained and spooky phenomena.

Sharon Jones, manager of Samlesbury Hall said: “Simon has been such an asset to Samlesbury Hall, bringing visitors old and new with his ghostly stories. He is a champion of tourism in the area.”

Simon will be up against people from major tourist attractions including Jorvik Viking Centre at York,

Longleat Safari and Adventure Park in Wiltshire and Beamish Museum in County Durham.

And he needs Lancashire to vote for him if he’s to stand more than a ghost of a chance!

Ruth Connor, chief executive of Marketing Lancashire, added: “Simon is one of those wonderfully enthusiastic people who has helped build Lancashire’s image as a place that exudes history, charm and warmth.

“We wish him every success and urge anyone who has enjoyed one of his tours to vote for him as he goes forward to represent Lancashire and indeed the North West.”

Visit England has teamed up with The Daily Mirror to host the public vote, and short films of all nominees will be found on www.mirroronline.co.uk where readers can vote for their favourite.

The winner will be announced during English Tourism Week, which starts on March 16th.

 

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