Wakefield will be stepping back in time to a ghoulish past with the launch of the city’s first ever historical ghost tours.
Funded by Wakefield BID and led by Wakefield Civic Society, the free dusk tours will uncover the seedy, sordid and surprising underbelly of the city centre’s past as expert Kevin Trickett MBE brings history to life during the 90 minute experiences.
Visitors can book free slots on any of the free tours which have been arranged over four nights on May 21, May 22, May 29 and June 5. All tours start at 7pm, meeting outside Wakefield Town Hall in Wood Street, and are limited to 30 people per group.
The President of Wakefield Civic Society will lead groups on an evening walk around some of the city’s darker secrets. And while organisers can’t promise real ghosts, there will be a chance to learn something of the characters that lived – and died – in 19th century Wakefield.
Mr Trickett said: “The tours will revolve around gruesome tales featuring the miscreants, malcontents and the plain misfortunates who eked out a living in Wakefield during a time of social and economic change as Wakefield transformed itself from busy market town to Yorkshire’s third city. We want people to discover the history of Wakefield’s buildings, understand how the street layout developed and changed over time but, most importantly, learn about the sad fates that befell some of Wakefield’s local residents – from lovers to clowns.”
The historic ghost tours are all part of Wakefield BID’s WFD130 campaign which aims to celebrate 130 years of city status for Wakefield.
Elizabeth Murphy, Manager of Wakefield BID, said: “We’re all about celebrating and promoting Wakefield city centre and many people forget we are a city. So our WFD 130 campaign is all about reminding people of that fact. One key part of the campaign is creating the city’s first ever historic ghost tours thanks to our partnership with Wakefield Civic Society and chair, Kevin Trickett. We’ve already had a sneak peek and the stories range from entertaining to gruesome – which is perfect!”
For anyone wishing to continue their evening, the walks will end at a local pub.
For full details and booking see www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/wakefield-civic-society-8474119491