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    Posted June 11, 2012 by
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    Ghost hunting in Scarborough - Memories of a small English town

     

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    Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme are not the most poignant legacies of Scarborough – its ghosts are. I remember this because all through the bus ride from Leeds in 2008, I couldn’t help whistling a tune in my head and thinking of enjoying a good alfresco breakfast and soaking in some English sun. It was summer, and since, blue skies were a rarity in grey England, it was absolutely glorious.

    I stood right at the edge of a wall high up in a tower in Scarborough Castle, looked down and realised that this was the England I knew from the books; dreamy, historic and beautiful. In 1066, the town was plundered and burnt to the ground by the armies of  Norweigian King Harald Hardada and Tosig, the brother of Harold of Wessex. As a result, thousands of inhabitants were brutally murdered; thrown over the very walls that I was now standing near. It wasn’t until the late 12th century that the town picked up the pieces of this gruesome past and built the castle. Over the years, the present day town grew, making the castle an epicenter of its history. Perhaps its true; the ghosts of its distant past, continue to live and breathe with the present.

    What I do know, however, is that this view will remain in my memory forever.

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