Clitheroe ghost hunter up for special tourism award

FINALIST: Clitheroe historian and ghost hunter Simon Entwistle. (s)
FINALIST: Clitheroe historian and ghost hunter Simon Entwistle. (s)

GHOST hunter and Clitheroe historian Simon Entwistle is in line to scoop a special recognition award today (Thursday).

Simon, of Top Hat Tours, Clitheroe, is a finalist in the special recognition award category at the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2012/13.

The annual county awards celebrate the best of Lancashire’s £3.25 billion tourism industry and the ceremony is being staged at Preston Guild Hall.

Simon was nominated for consideration by colleagues and industry partners.

He has been providing experiential ghost tours for more than a decade, working with local attractions such as Towneley Hall at Burnley Samlesbury Hall and Oswaldtwistle Mills, to name but a few.

His entertaining story-telling has helped engage with visitors and brought to life some of the county’s many myths, legends and histories.

“I do feel very honoured that the tourism teams at Pendle Council, Samlesbury hall and Merlin Entertainments, Blackpool, should go out of their way to propose me for a recognition award,” said Simon.

“I started the Clitheroe ghost walks in 1996 as a way of subsidising my income as a council grounds’ maintenance operative.

“In that period of time, there have been many spin offs in the form of coach guiding, school visits for story telling, after dinner speeches, meeting journalists, a TV series and guided walks in towns like York, Kendal, Skipton, Whalley, and Lancashire cotton towns.

“I do enjoy all aspects of tourism, one being promoting Clitheroe and Ribble Valley.

“Obviously, I don’t know if I will pick up the recognition award, but I do know that I have given 100% on all my tours.”

Tony Openshaw, marketing director of Marketing Lancashire, added: “This is always a very tough category to judge, as so many wonderful people work in and contribute to this £3.25 billion industry.

“However, there are a number of unsung heroes who often go above and beyond their day to day duties and make a huge impression on visitors, or offer additional support or perhaps share their experience and time without particular thought for themselves.

“Our three finalists this year certainly fit this bill and have been placed in the spotlight by grateful colleagues and industry partners, who have seen their exemplary deeds in action.

“Our congratulations and thanks go to them all, as we wish them well for the final announcement.”