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Stirling to host first Scottish Paranormal Festival

Paranormal Festival
The four-day festival will include events about ghosts, UFOs, witchcraft and aliens

The first ever Scottish Paranormal Festival is to be held in Stirling.

The four-day festival will feature events about ghosts, UFOs and aliens, and speakers including academics, enthusiasts and declared sceptics.

Events will be held at venues across the city from 30 October to 2 November, including the Scottish Paranormal Film Festival at the Tolbooth.

Hands-on workshops will include vigils with ghost hunters and sky-watching at the UFO "hotspot" of Bonnybridge.

Festival founder and director Peter Broughan said it was "very exciting" to be launching "a diverse and entertaining programme of events".

He added: The festival will be the biggest, most eclectic and most significant of its kind in the UK, and with Stirling being a city so steeped in history I am sure it will be the ideal location for us."

Among the special guests lined up for the event are the Navajo Rangers from the USA, a pair of national park rangers who claim their work in Native America territories has led to them experiencing many strange phenomena.

Gordon Smith, the medium known as the "psychic barber" will also be appearing, along with singer Christina Stewart, who will present "Haunting", a series of songs in Gaelic, Scots and English interwoven with traditional ghost stories.

Actor, writer and organiser of the popular Stirling Ghost Walk, David Kinnaird, will be at the Stirling Smith Museum and Art Gallery to present A Conjuration of Spirits, his play about Callander woman Helen Duncan, the last British woman tried for witchcraft in 1942.

And a fancy-dress dance, the Caledonian Vampyre Ball, will be held at the Albert Halls on Halloween night.

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