Spook Night will be spectacular
Published at 07:42, Wednesday, 30 October 2013
ZONKED out zombies, cackling crones and suppurating skeletons will be rattling round tomorrow to put the hex into Hexham.
The macabre mix of the undead, the other worldly and the just plain scary will all feature in the ever-popular Spook Night, which has become one of Hexham’s top events of the year.
Visitors and residents alike are in for a horribly good time from 3pm-9pm, when there’ll be frights, food and fun for all the family.
As ever, one of the highlights of the day will be the fancy dress competition for under eights, over eights and adults.
This year there’ll be an entry charge of £2 per person, with all proceeds going to Children in Need, which will take over the town on November 15.
Would-be vampires, zombies and werewolves can perfect that Hammer horror look at a make-up workshop in the Market Place, while the little ones can enjoy a little less freaky face painting session at the Forum Cinema.
There’ll be all the traditional favourites around the town, including apple bobbing at Caffe Nero, turnip and pumpkin lantern competitions and a lantern making workshop at the community centre, hosted by Woodland Birch Forest Schools, followed by a lantern walk.
Dance displays will be provided by Terpsichore, there will be storytelling in Cogito Books and a performance by Stage Fright at the community centre.
There will also be an opportunity to join a “Ghastly Walk” with the Time Bandits – don’t forget to keep looking behind you – or if you are brave enough, go along to the Old Gaol.
There you can show your boils and bubos to the plague doctor and dip into the seething horrors of the bran tub in the “Witch of Hexham’s” den.
You can also scream your head off at the town centre fun fair, featuring the ghost train, haunted fun house, and many other rides.
Random spot prizes of free rides will be given out by the Spook Night fun fair operators for lucky ones in fancy dress roaming the town centre.
Spook Night in Hexham means a decorated shop window competition, too.
You can vote for your favourite at www.visithexham.net, by using the voting form on the back page of this week’s Hexham Courant, or the voting slips available from Hexham Library and the Courant offices.
Five of the decorated shop windows will feature a Hexham Courant logo. Find all five and you could be in with a chance of winning £50. Again, you can enter by using the form on the back page of this edition.
Keen photographers have another chance to win a prize, too.
Take a photograph of any of the community events sponsored by Hexham Community Partnership including Spook Night and December’s Christmas Market.
Then send it to firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win a compact digital camera worth £60.
Closing date for entries is January 31.
Find further details and timings at www.visithexham.net
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
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THREE watercolour paintings donated by Queen Mary were auctioned off to raise money for a new Darby and Joan club in Hexham.
A site had already been bought, but a further £6,000 was needed to run the club for the elderly.
The auction, opened by Viscountess Allendale, saw the paintings raise over £8 for the fund.