‘Ghostly Tales’ book penned by tour guide

PHOTO: NEIL CROSS'Simon Entwistle at Samlesbury Hall
PHOTO: NEIL CROSS'Simon Entwistle at Samlesbury Hall

Clitheroe’s own award winning tour guide and historical expert Simon Entwistle has released a selection of his well-loved Lancashire ghost stories, along with the most popular of his modern stories in the form of a new book.

The spooky collection of legendary tales is entitled Ghostly Tales of the Unexpected and though mainly based in fiction, some of the stories originate in historical folklore from Lancashire and its neighbouring counties.

Simon commented: “Because of my work over the years, I’ve often been asked if I’ve ever thought about writing a book, so I thought now was as good a time as any. The vast majority of the characters in the book have never existed, but the towns and villages are mainly local. All the stories have an unexpected ending and readers can look forward to a variety of emotions from the characters and both dastardly and heroic acts as a common theme.”

Praise for the book has already come in from Radio Four’s Women’s Hour presenter Dilly Barlow and also from actor and comedian Ted Robbins, who said: “I have had the pleasure of knowing Simon for well over a decade and have hugely enjoyed sharing his company with thousands of listeners on my BBC Radio Lancashire morning show. Simon is one of the most entertaining and engaging people I have ever met in over 30 years in show business.

“I am delighted that readers will now be thrilled by his atmospheric tales of ancient and modern ghostly tales . The book is just like Simon Entwistle himself – brilliant!”

l Ghostly Tales of the Unexpected can be purchased in paper back from Amazon, priced at £5.99 or the Kindle edition download at £2.