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Discover ghostly goings-on at spooky Swansea landmark
OYSTERMOUTH Castle’s colourful history is full of stories about ghostly-goings on and other unexplained happenings.
A team of professional paranormal researchers is inviting the public to join them when they take to the castle after dark on both Saturday October 20 and Saturday October 27.
Members of the expert team form part of a UK-wide organisation called P.R.O.O.F that investigates reports of hauntings and other paranormal activity to discover if a location is active or not.
The events have been organised by Swansea Council and will take place between 9pm and 2.30am.
Researchers will lead tours of the castle armed with state-of-the-
Spooky Oystermouth Castle is said to have been haunted for centuries by a white lady with a series of wounds on her back who’s usually seen crying and wailing.
A construction worker who recently worked on the conservation of the castle also said he felt a heavy tap on a shoulder only to find that nobody was there when he turned around.
Cllr Nick Bradley, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “Oystermouth Castle has a fascinating history and there have been many reports of spooky goings-on at the landmark over the last 900 years or so.
“The arrival of an expert paranormal investigative team on site in the build-up to Halloween is sure to spark the imagination of people interested in both history and unexplained phenomena.
“These events mean visitors will be treated to a fun and educational experience that they’ll remember for a long time to come. It’s particularly encouraging that activities of this kind are being arranged outside the traditional tourist season because we recognise the importance of heritage tourism and the contribution it can make to the Swansea Bay economy.”
Gareth Davies, from P.R.O.O.F, said: “We've been to the castle a few times this year, and there are certainly things that take place that are difficult to explain. We’ll lead small groups of people using the latest equipment and will hopefully get some spine-chilling results.”
Statistics show more than 7,000 people visited Oystermouth Castle from its re-opening in June to the end of September.
The re-opening marked the near-completion of a major conservation scheme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Welsh Government through Cadw and the European Regional Development Fund, with support from the Friends of Oystermouth Castle.
Visitors were able to discover the depths of the central block cellars for the very first time and enjoyed interpretation that tells the castle's story. This includes a visit from King Edward I in 1284 – also known as Edward Longshanks.
Other new features at the castle thanks to the investment include a 30-foot high glass viewing platform and bridge that leads to historic Alina's Chapel.
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