Saturday, 25 October 2014

Ghost Stories from Oldham & Uppermill

Ghost stories from Oldham to Uppermill

On my last ghost walk in Uppermill a member of the audience came up to me and asked if I was going to tell the story of the drowned woman.  We were on the top of a footbridge crossing the Huddersfield Canal so I didn’t think it a strange request, but this lady looked me in the eyes and said “I have just seen the spirit of woman dressed in black and she looked like they had just dragged her out of the canal”.  I was indeed about to tell that same story and I can tell you that when I did it had an even more chilling feel to it.

You meet all sorts when you are ghost walking, believers, sceptics, spiritualists and the ones who have no idea, but love a good story.  I tell 90 minutes of local ghost stories, whether in Oldham or Uppermill but my favourite time is the interval.  We always have a fifteen-minute break in a Cafe or pub and that’s when the magic happens.  These people, this audience, having listened to me then start to open up.  They have told me amazing stories of ghosts, or strange happenings in their lives.  From the dog spirit that lived (or possessed) a wardrobe for thirty years to the spirit who didn’t like Bruce Forsythe and threw things across the room when he was on telly.

When I started telling ghost stories I sat firmly on the fence, now after 4 years I think I’ve seen and heard enough to change my mind.

Oldham and Uppermill Ghost walks are for kids and grown ups next week 29th, 30th, 31st October 2014

Oldham Kids walk start at 5pm – 6.30pm from outside the haunted Oldham Coliseum
Oldham Ghost walk for the brave 8pm – 9.30pm
Uppermill Kids walk start at 5pm – 6.30pm from outside the spooky Civic Hall
Uppermill Ghost walk for the brave 8pm-9.30pm

 0161 652 602


Monday, 13 October 2014


Finished Thick As Thieves in our little shop.

In almost no time at all we have built a venue, an audience and a show.

It may seem to some a waste of time when there are theatres to fill, but can I assure you that seeing audiences reactions in the shop made it completely worth while.

The artwork by Celia Perkins of our Banksy style wall outside.

During building the set, our kitchen had just come out of a ladies house in Saddleworth Oldham.

Me, about to paint the place black.

I have learnt so much doing this project, most of it concerning management.  I never thought when I trained as an actor that I would need to be manager.