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Tower terrors sought in Blackpool

Published 19/06/2011 | 12:26

Blackpool Tower is opening up its historic underground cellars to the public and actors are being sought to play a scary selection of tour guides
Blackpool Tower is opening up its historic underground cellars to the public and actors are being sought to play a scary selection of tour guides

It could be billed as the ultimate "dead-end" job but wannabe ghouls and ghastly characters will be queuing up to work in the dungeons of one of Britain's most famous tourist attractions.

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Blackpool Tower is opening up its historic underground cellars to the public and actors are being sought to play a scary selection of tour guides.

The 518-ft (158-metre) landmark is transforming the cellars into dungeons and the most horrible episodes in Lancashire's history will be brought chillingly back to life.

Around 20 actors are needed to play a collection of roles, including vikings, smugglers and witches.

The tower, famous for its ballroom and Wurlitzer organ, has appointed a "scare panel" to judge the auditions - it includes a real-life witch and leading horror expert Michael Bolton.

Kieron Smith, artistic director of the dungeons, said: "We're looking for talented people who are up for the challenge of scaring and terrorising our visitors when the doors open in September.

"We want to see new and unique ways that people can scare us."

During the open auditions, on July 5, each person auditioning will have up to three minutes to frighten the panel.

Blackpool Tower opened on May 14 1894 when 3,000 tourists paid sixpence to ride the lift to the top. It is currently having a £40 million facelift.

More information about the dungeons attraction and auditions are available at www.facebook.com/blackpooldungeon

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