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Malcolm Hanson and the 6th Earl of Thanet
Malcolm and the 6th Earl of Thanet

History with Hanson

What do you really want to know about the history or the traditions of your local area?

Is there a tall story about your house and its previous occupants? Ghostly goings-on in your town or village? Or an oft-repeated legend?

Malcolm Hanson is an 'off the wall' local historian, and ex-rock musician, and he's ready to investigate anything for you. Tell us what has always intrigued you about where you live and we will set Malcolm the task of uncovering the real (possibly ghastly) truth.

Malcolm has spent most of his life as a musician and concert promoter and is now a tourist guide, historian and writer of several books on local history. He is pictured above with his 'Watson'. A soft toy, known as the 6th Earl of Thanet, which will join Malcolm on his investigations!

He currently works with schools on creating heritage trails, lecturing and writing books.

Malcolm will look into all aspects of ghosts but he isn't very keen to meet one. He says: " I like to investigate anything strange, I am interested in the weird stuff of life.

"Mind you I don't always want to sit around in haunted houses waiting to meet one."

If you have had an encounter with the supernatural, UFOs or other phenomenon, or have an interesting anecdote about West Yorkshire history then Malcolm wants to hear from you.

Once we've heard the half-remembered tales then Malcolm, and the resources of BBC Radio Leeds and this website, will try to get to the bottom of those stories. Can we uncover just what is the truth behind those old stories?

What should Malcolm investigate? Well that's up to you send some intriguing details on the form on this page. Malcolm will investigate the most mysterious of the tales and report back on BBC Radio Leeds and this website.

last updated: 10/08/05
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