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Last Updated: Sunday, 30 May, 2004, 14:40 GMT 15:40 UK
Ghost walks defended by psychic
A self-styled pagan high priestess has defended her plans to organise ghost tours in a south Shropshire town.

Psychic Abbie Hemmings has dismissed claims the guided walks around the supposedly haunted Bishops Castle will cause psychological damage.

Former mayor Dr Gerald St John Penny is worried they could have a mental effect on people taking part.

Miss Hemmings insists there is nothing macabre about the tours, which will go ahead as planned on Friday.

Fun tours

"Ghost tours happen in most of the large medieval towns in Britain and I've never heard of anyone being damaged by them," she told BBC Radio Shropshire.

Miss Hemmings said she was hoping to see a few spirits on the tour.

"The tour will take visitors into my shop where there is the spirit of a little girl who has been spotted going up the stairs and there have also been sightings of a man who died in the shop next door about 40 years ago."

Miss Hemmings said she was also in contact with the spirit of a drover who would travel through the town with cattle and sheep from Wales.

"I think most people will see it as a bit of fun and a way of bringing tourists into the area," she added.

The local psychic, who runs a mystic shop in the town, said one of the props involved in re-enacted scenes included in the tours was a coffin.

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