Diary: Haunted Harrogate Theatre calls Ghostbusters

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Alice? Who the fuck is Alice? That’s the question posed in that charming little number Living Next Door to Alice, made famous by one of Tabard’s favourites, Smokie.

Apologies for any offence caused by the uncharacteristic bad language, dear reader. But Tabard is quoting the lyrics with good reason, as rumour has it that the Harrogate Theatre recently held a ghost hunt within its very walls, so that paranormal experts could get in touch with the venue’s most famous ghost, Alice.

I know what you’re thinking. Alice? Who the f… let’s not go there again. According to the theatre, Alice was the victim of a “terrible love affair” and is said to haunt the stalls area of the venue. Apparently she has been linked to strange apparitions, and the smell of peppermint. Of course she has.

To add to the mystery, there is no reference to any Alice in the theatre’s archive. Nothing. Not a jot. Which begs the other questions: where did Alice come from in the first place? Are we expected to believe she introduces herself to everyone who meets her? Or has she conveniently left a label on her ghostly outfit with her name on it? Sounds highly unlikely.

There’s always the possibility, of course, that theatre staff may have concocted Alice in a bid to drive a bit of interest in the venue. Some would say that. Not Tabard though. Never. Tabard’s sure that Alice is a legitimate member of the ghost community and wishes all those ghost hunters a happy hunt. And if they find out who she is, do let us know.

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