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3rd November 2011

PORTLAND: Happy Halloween in the ghost tunnels

By Jackie Evans

A place known locally as the ghost tunnels was a very suitable venue for an afternoon of Halloween fun on Portland.

The High Angle Battery is a disused fort located at the highest point of the island. It was built in 1892 to house gun emplacements to fire on enemy ships in the bay. The tunnels were used to store the ammunition and have been empty for many years.

Revive Portland project co-ordinator Yvonne Bevan and a group of  community volunteers decided they would make the perfect setting for a bit of Halloween fun and they worked hard to clear out, open up and decorate the tunnels with a spooky theme.

Young visitors on the day were kept entertained by a treasure hunt, birds of prey, live music and a replica of the Portland sea dragon, based on the books by Carol Hunt and brought to life by Steve Moverley and Lorna Jacopson. Later in the day the dragon was to lead a Halloween parade to Boscawen.

PICTURE 1: REVIVE PORTLAND - Project co-ordinator Yvonne Bevan with volunteerWayne Halfon

PICTURE 2: BIRDS OF PREY: Entertained the halloween crowd

PICTURE 3: CREATURE FROM THE TUNNELS - Louis Adams

PICTURE 4: THRILLERS - Toby Burley and Keiran McNaughty

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