Actors to take over a haunted mill

Students at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, in Greenough Street, who will be acting as ghosts and ghouls at the 'Ssspooky Halloween' event at Quarry Bank Mill in Styal
Students at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, in Greenough Street, who will be acting as ghosts and ghouls at the 'Ssspooky Halloween' event at Quarry Bank Mill in Styal
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YOUNG actors from Wigan are set to turn an historic building into a giant, haunted house.

Quarry Bank Mill in Styal will be inhabited with ghosts and ghouls, better known as actors from Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in Wigan and visitors will be invited to meet them during the property’s spooky tours.

“There’ll be a few frights involved, even for the bravest of souls,” said Rachel Whalley, visitor experience assistant at Quarry Bank Mill.

“The Victorian mill in Styal which is steeped in more than 100 years of history provides the perfect setting for a Halloween to remember.

“Its floorboards creak at the best of times and the clanking machinery provides haunting memories of the past when the cotton mill was a powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution.”

Actors from ALRA will play ghoulish characters that will shock and surprise visitors as they are guided around the mill.

ALRA students have put together a ghost story based on the mill’s history and have made a promise to provide a real fright fest for those who attend.

Make-up artists from the academy will transform the actors into devilish characters who will lurk around every corner ready to jump out at unsuspecting family members.

Organisers say that it might prove too scary for some under-12s so parents are urged to book with caution for the tours, which take place over two nights tomorrow and Saturday.

“Everyone should know that it is a scary experience, particularly for younger children,” added Rachel.

“If you don’t jump at least once we’d be very surprised, but we’ve run this event before and people keep coming back so it seems they really do enjoy being frightened.”

Andrew Fillis, head postgraduate tutor at ALRA, added: “It’s a project I’ve been involved with for a number of years now so when I came to ALRA I mentioned it.

“Everyone is really excited now, it’s a very specific type of work and it’s pretty new to some of the students.

“They create it themselves with their own ideas.”

Booking is essential with tickets priced at £7. To book tickets, call 01625 445845.