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Aussie Jacob all set to meet the ancestors

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Aussie ranger Jacob Tangey gets ready for Halloween at Kielder Castle

Meeting the ancestors has taken on a whole new meaning for Brisbane native Jacob Tangey. 

The 33 year old Forestry Commission ranger from Australia has spent the summer working on mountain bike trails in Kielder Water & Forest Park, but his final day in the 155,000-acre wilderness will be employed helping out with Halloween in a haunted castle.

Forest chiefs have once again delved into Northumberland’s magical past to conjure up a night to remember on Saturday 30 October.

“This is my first ever English Halloween and for a country full of ghosts it’s going to be a real eye-opener,” said Jacob.  “Locals say Kielder Castle is haunted so I’ll be keeping a sharp look out when I take folk around the castle.”

Ghost walks will snake though the 18th century castle from 5.30pm with a shock at every turn, recounting dastardly deeds, including the hideous fate of Lord Solus.  From his base at brooding Hermitage Castle, the Scottish noble vied and eventually murdered the Cout of Kielder for sway over the land, but for his wicked ways he was boiled alive! 

There’ll also be a magician, fancy dress and pumpkin competitions and Halloween themed activities.  The cost is £6, but booking is essential on 01434 250209. For more on the Forestry Commission go to

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Notes to Editor

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