Halloween thrillseekers are in for a fright at spooky Leeds tours

Ken Goor, who has led tours around Leeds for over 25 years.

Ken Goor, who has led tours around Leeds for over 25 years.

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THRILLSEEKERS can soak up some scary sights this Halloween with a spook-tacular tour of the city.

Two haunting Halloween tours will be held in Leeds on Thursday, October 30 and Friday, October 31, and are run by local guide Ken Goor, who has organised tours around the city for the past 25 years.

Ken, 63, from Morley, will tell visitors the scary stories behind some of Leeds’ oldest buildings, and is behind the book ‘Haunted Leeds’.

The tour on Thursday, October 30, is called ‘The Darker Side of Leeds’ and is based on real-life court cases, involving stories of witchcraft, body snatching and other grisly tales.

The tour on Friday, October 31, is called ‘The Ghost Walk’ and will involve a stroll around some of the city’s most haunted buildings and monuments, including the Leeds Library on Commercial Street, Leeds Grand Theatre and City Varieties – where Ken believes he encountered a ghost first-hand.

Speaking to the YEP, Ken said: “I’m one of the Friends of City Varieties Music Hall and in 2007 I was in the circle when I distinctly heard a young woman’s voice behind me asking if she could get past.

“I moved to let this girl get through and when I turned around, there was no-one there.”

The tours are suitable for children of all ages will start at the Corn Exchange at 7pm.

They are free for children to attend and £4 for adults.

Booking is essential, and can be done by calling 0113 252 6807.

To find out more about the tours, visit www.goorsguiding.webs.com.

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