Portillo on telly trail of Dunkenhalgh hotel phantom

Blackburn Citizen: Michael Portillo Michael Portillo

A GHOST story from the Dunkenhalgh Hotel has been featured on a BBC travel programme.

Journalist and former policitician Michael Portillo has been touring the country for Great British Railway Journeys.

And the third show in the series saw Michael visit the famous Clayton-le-Moors hotel.

After catching the train at Pleasington, Michael said: “Safely on board, I’m off to spend the night at a worringingly famous hotel across the Hoghton viaduct.

“As the night draws in, I’m going to alight at the delightfully named Church and Oswaldtwistle.”

After arriving at the historic building, Michael told the story of spooky goings on at the hotel.

He said: “The Dunkenhalgh phantom is Lucette, a French woman who took her own life here in the 18th century.

“The ghost is reputed to take its seat on the end of a guest’s bed, but I hope it won’t be tempted to read me a bedtime story.”

The next morning, Michael joked: “The pale figure of a woman came gliding down my corridor and tapped softly at my door.

“Yes, it was the hotel’s complimentary bed turn-down service.”

You can view the programme in its entirety by using the BBC’s iPlayer service. Visit www.bbc.co. uk/iplayer.

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10:58pm Tue 14 Jan 14

ToffeeGuy says...

This was on tv last Wednesday.

I liked the way Blackburn was totally ignored by the programme.

However, the campaign to install a blue plaque to commemorate Mr Portillo's visit to Church & Ossy station starts now.
This was on tv last Wednesday. I liked the way Blackburn was totally ignored by the programme. However, the campaign to install a blue plaque to commemorate Mr Portillo's visit to Church & Ossy station starts now. ToffeeGuy

8:08am Wed 15 Jan 14

ron1946 says...

old news but a program well worth watching
old news but a program well worth watching ron1946

9:27am Wed 15 Jan 14

frank says...

if the ghost had any sense it would have gone away for the day when it found out he was coming.
if the ghost had any sense it would have gone away for the day when it found out he was coming. frank

10:02am Wed 15 Jan 14

useyourhead says...

I used to work there in the eighties and there was one room I wouldn't stay in unless the door was propped open, never saw anything mind you but I had an ominous feeling in there. It was only later I was told about the 'ghost'.
I used to work there in the eighties and there was one room I wouldn't stay in unless the door was propped open, never saw anything mind you but I had an ominous feeling in there. It was only later I was told about the 'ghost'. useyourhead

5:50pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

I find Michael Portillo to be a most excellent presenter always a pleasure to listen to.
I find Michael Portillo to be a most excellent presenter always a pleasure to listen to. Michael@ClitheroeSince58

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