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Auditions set for rich witch role

Witch statue at Wookey Hole
Wookey Hole hopes to attract a strong field of candidates

Hundreds of jobseekers are expected to audition for a lucrative "witch" vacancy at tourist site Wookey Hole, in Somerset, on Tuesday.

The £50,000-a-year position, advertised earlier in July, is seeking a witch to live in the site's caves to teach magic and witchcraft.

The post, open to both men and women, says the candidate must be able to cackle and cannot be allergic to cats.

Wookey Hole said it hopes the salary should help attract good candidates.

At the time Wookey Hole said it was advertising nationally and hoped to attract "a strong field of candidates with the £50,000 serving as a major incentive".

The annual salary of £50,000 is pro rata, and based on work done as required, mostly in the summer holidays, but also at Halloween and at Christmas.

The job, which has come up after the previous witch retired from the role, was first advertised in the local press as well as job centres.

The tourist site said it wanted the appointee to go about [her] "everyday business as a hag, so that people passing through the caves can get a sense of what the place was like in the Dark Ages".

It added: "This was when an old woman lived in the caves with some goats and a dog, causing a variety of social ills, including crop failures and disease."

Interviews will include an on-site assessment incorporating a range of standard tasks, and are set for 1100 BST on 28 July.



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