News stories from around Britain
ENTERTAINMENT: Aspiring ghouls and ghastly characters will be queueing up to work in the dungeons of one of Britain’s most famous tourist attractions this week.
Blackpool Tower is opening its historic underground cellars to the public and actors are being sought to play a scary selection of tour guides.
The 518ft landmark is transforming the cellars into dungeons and the most horrible episodes in Lancashire’s history will be brought back to life.
Around 20 actors are needed to play roles including vikings, smugglers and witches.
WILDLIFE: A rare species of bat has been found breeding on the Isles of Scilly for the first time in 40 years.
A brown long-eared bat was found by University of Exeter biologist Dr Fiona Mathews and her team, a postgraduate student and the Wiltshire Bat Group.
The senior lecturer said they were “surprised and delighted” by the find of the pregnant female bat.
The team was studying the mystery of the annual disappearance of the large common pipistrelle colony on St Mary’s.
They found that the bats had moved to a new site.
RESEARCH: A group of people will become prisoners in their own homes this week with no human contact for a week as part of a social experiment.
Each will live the life of an isolated older person with only the television for company and vision-impairing glasses to simulate the effects of ageing.
The 10 participants will record their feelings in a video diary and on one-way Twitter accounts.
Their experiences will be analysed by experts for the charity Friends of the Elderly.
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