Leeds ghostbusting event is a ghoulishly good way to spend an evening

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Halloween might be many weeks away – but something spooky already this way comes...

Armley Mills is set to host a frightfully good fundraiser for Brake, the road safety charity.

Zoe Rowlands, Mike Bristow and Joe Fenton from the Brake charity prepare for a spooky sleepover 'Fright Night' fundraiser at Armley Mills. 'Pictures : Jonathan Gawthorpe

Zoe Rowlands, Mike Bristow and Joe Fenton from the Brake charity prepare for a spooky sleepover 'Fright Night' fundraiser at Armley Mills. 'Pictures : Jonathan Gawthorpe

Ghosthunters and supernatural cynics alike are invited to join experts in paranormal activity for the spookily spectacular evening on Friday, October 23.

The eerie Armley Mills building is often referred to as ‘the Satanic mills’ because of the dark secrets it is said to hide.

Dating back to the 16th century, the mill was once the largest wool mill in the world – and a notorious workhouse.

Children as young as six were made to work there and – due to the appalling conditions – many workers lost their lives.

Joe Fenton at  Armley Mills

Joe Fenton at Armley Mills

Some of those souls are thought to still haunt the the building, and there have been countless spine-tingling reports of a lost child heard crying, and of a lady in a black dress roaming the building.

So the fright night fundraisers are warned to expect some creepy company...

Participants will arrive early in the evening and stay until 2am, taking part in experiments, vigils, glass moving and table tipping.

Can you rise to the chilling challenge?

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Joe Fenton, community fundraising officer at Brake, who is organising the event, popped in for a preview of the venue and its corridors and crannies.

He said: “It was really spooky.

“You could definitely tell there was something there.

“We went to the old cottage where the mill owner and his family used to live. It is still laid out as it would have been, with photos of the family.

Zoe Rowlands at Armley Mills.

Zoe Rowlands at Armley Mills.

“Even the hardest of sceptics will definitely feel something!”

Speaking of the real reason for the event, he added: “This is a unique way to raise awareness of safety while also raising funds for an important charity.

“We urge people in West Yorkshire to be brave, face their fears, and raise funds for our campaigns and families in need.”

SIGN UP: Call 01484 559909 or email fundraise@brake.org.uk.

'Ghosts on Film' by Ian Beesley. Picture shows Armley Mills.

'Ghosts on Film' by Ian Beesley. Picture shows Armley Mills.

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