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Colin Wight reports
"Bram Stoker was a frequent visitor to the area"
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Wednesday, 21 March, 2001, 14:32 GMT
Tourist board stakes Dracula claim
Slain's Castle, perched on the cliff edge
Slain's Castle is said to have inspired Bram Stoker
Grampian tourist chiefs are staking their hopes on a link with Bram Stoker's Dracula to spearhead an advertising campaign for the area.

Aberdeen and Grampian Tourist Board are counting on folklore that Slain's Castle, at Cruden Bay, south of Peterhead, inspired part of the story.

They hope that a connection with the infamous vampire will prove an irresistible lure for visitors.

However, they will have to fight off counter claims from the tourist board at the Yorkshire fishing village of Whitby.

Christopher Lee in Count Dracula
Christopher Lee played the count in the 1970s
Whitby has long portrayed itself as the home of Bram Stoker's legendary vampire.

However, Aberdeen and Grampian Tourist Board say there is overwhelming evidence that 16th century Slain's Castle was the true inspiration for Stoker's blood-curdling tale.

It is claimed that Stoker visited the castle some time before he wrote his book in the 1890s.

His landing, in a boat during a severe storm, is supposed to have been the inspiration for Dracula's arrival in Britain.

The tourist board wants to use Dracula as a figurehead to launch its latest marketing campaign and has written to Yorkshire Tourist Board staking a claim.

However, tourist officials in Whitby insist the author's book clearly portrays the count in a Yorkshire fishing community.

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