History brought to life for good causes

Dressed in their finest with a top hat and Victorian-style dresses, you could be forgiven for thinking you'd taken a trip back in time.

And that is exactly what Beccles Helping Hands strive to achieve, as they bring history to life in the town.

The group have been running history and ghost walks in Beccles since 2004, and have raised more than �15,000 in the process.

The history walks see approximately 40 characters all dressed up, with prisoners, Quakers, ladies of the night and suffragettes lining the streets to tell stories and legends from 960 to the early 20th century.

Chairman Marie Mann said that dressing up helped to bring the stories to life, with the ghost walks proving particularly popular.

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Mrs Mann said: 'We just can't do enough of the ghost walks, especially at Halloween – and something always goes wrong every Halloween.'

The group of volunteers give their time for free, with the money raised used to help individuals, local groups and organisations for specific purposes in Beccles and the surrounding villages.

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The final history walk of the season is on Saturday at 7.30pm, while the ghost walks start on Saturday, October 6. Tickets are on sale at Saxons, in New Market, Beccles.

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