No ghosts but the Holy one as vicar exorcises spooky tour from UK's most haunted village | 10/11/2019 | Staff
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A vicar has said there's no room for ghosts in the UK's "most haunted village" of Prestbury, Gloucestershire – unless it's one of the Holy variety.

Spooky tales of the "Black Abbot" and a "spectral horseman" have made the locale ripe for macabre attractions, and Mark James had run one under the name Cotswold Ghost Tours for four years.

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Unfortunately, the Black Abbot, to quote Haunted Britain, "seldom deviates from a particular route" beginning in St Mary's Church, which "crosses the churchyard and, having kept a straight trajectory through the grounds of the old Priory, vanishes into the wall of a cottage on the High Street, where he announces his arrival by noisily moving things about in the attic."

That means James's guided walks would regularly pass through the churchyard – and we can't have anyone dabbling with the occult in God-fearing Middle England, can we?

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That the satanic-Nazi cult Order of the Nine Angles is also rumoured to be plotting its galactic Fourth Reich from its West Midlands lair is quite enough already, thank you. It's proper Wicker Man out there.

The tours irked the Reverend Nick Bromfield, parish vicar, who earlier this week left James a voicemail announcing his intention to join an upcoming tour "with a veiled threat of disrupting it", he claimed to GloucestershireLive. "It has felt like a personal vendetta," James added.

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Bromfield, however, refuted this. He told the paper: "There are parts in the Bible that say to leave this stuff alone. This is a Christian church – frankly we don't want people's stories about ghosts, spectres, poltergeists."

The Register would take this opportunity to point out that the word "ghost" appears in the book 108 times, though in the context of "to give up the ghost", which means "to die", and as the title of "the Holy Ghost", the third...
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