After a recent TripAdvisor posting claimed that the Creepy Carmarthen Tour was “just not spooky enough” one of our “trippers” had a weird enough experience when she claimed that someone – or something – distinctly touched her on the head during last Saturday night’s tour. We were in the cells of the old Victorian police station at the time where quite a number of people have now experienced something disconcerting. Although she soon recovered she was pretty freaked out at the time. Shame I cannot summon up the spooks to order every week. Mind you if I did they would probably want a cut of the takings.
I drive past Carmarthenshire’s Gwili Railway a couple of times a month and have always promised myself that I would drop in one day – but somehow never got around to it. So many thanks to Jeremy John and Juliet Fay for organising a great visit for members of the Carmarthenshire Tourist Association today. As someone who can remember the wheeltappers in action at Leicester’s London Road station, the smuts and the smoke that drifted down the platform, the heady excitement of exploring the train and the privilege of being allowed in the signal box as a schoolboy, this was a wonderful nostalgic experience. Passionate volunteers and highly knowledgeable hosts plus the incredible rolling stock help explain why this is such a popular destination for both locals and visitors alike. More on their website www.gwili-railway.co.uk
One of the walkers taking Saturday night’s Creepy Carmarthen Tour reckons she and her friends can make out some odd things in this photo she took in the old cells in the former police station at Castle House. Not the candles, nor the “dummy” prisoner on the bench. So what can you see here that you find unsettling? Let me know if you see something.
Sue Townsend’s death last week justifiably made news headlines. The author of the Adrian Mole books deserves her place in British fiction – and it was fascinating to read that her first instalment of the Mole saga is in the top ten most popular books list.
My son, Jake, had got to know Sue very well the the past year or so. With his writing partner Pippa Cleary they have penned “Adrian Mole – The Musical” which was due to open at the Leicester Curve next March. Sue has been very much involved with them in the whole creative process and was very happy to give the project her blessing.
Today the Curve announced that the musical will be staged in 2015 as a tribute to Ms Townsend. Sadly Sue won’t be there to experience it for herself but, having seen the preview in London earlier this year, I know that it will be loved by everyone who adored her books.
Here’s is my brand new promotional video for the Creepy Carmarthen tour – now available on YouTube. A million thanks to James Button from State Of Flow for producing it – and to Carmarthenshire County Council’s incredibly pro-active Tourism Department for funding it.
Diolch yn fawr.
Click HERE to view.
After months of getting five star reviews I now I know what it feels like to get a “Poor” review on Trip Advisor! Here is what a couple of visitors to one of last week’s Creepy Carmarthen Tours posted on their website: The guide is very knowledgeable of the history of Carmarthen, and gave a well spoken tour, however I wouldn’t call the tour creepy or spooky. Therefore I would have to give my honest opinion that I felt that it was falsely advertised.
I know that I cannot go on getting five star reviews forever but I wonder what this lady wanted me to do to make it spookier? Produce a real ghost? Actually the week before this lady took the trip two of the “walkers” spotted ghosts in Castle House. One was a man in black they saw standing behind me, the other a little girl who was so visible (to them at least) that the woman put her arms around her shoulders and tried to comfort her.
The really annoying thing is that at the end the lady who gave me the “poor” review shook my hand and told me how very much she had enjoyed herself.
Rant over. I want everyone to enjoy the tour and go to a great deal of trouble to make sure they do and it annoys me to think that I have failed someone.
Congratulations to everyone involved in “Do You Hear The People Sing” yesterday at the Lyric theatre in Carmarthen. Ten local am-dram groups got together to produce a stunning showcase for their talents which kept the sell-out audience enthralled and finished with a standing ovation. And of course special mention must go to my daughter Moli for stunning everyone with her energetic performance of “Zipperdee Do-Dah” from “Alice In Wonderland” the Mini Players forthcoming show.