Shuddersfield - how it came about

Shuddersfield - how it came about

Picture of Rebecca Legg (credit: Andrew Stone of Black Orchard Photography)

Nobody believes that I’m scary. It’s probably because I have this whole “jolly Canadian” persona. In actuality, I’ve spent quite a significant part of my life scaring the crap out of people.

It all started in my hometown of Braeside, Ontario in Canada.  It is a village with a population of about 750 people. Needless to say, there wasn’t a lot to do. 

My younger brother Jordan and I became obsessed with Halloween, always coming up with new and innovative ways of scaring the trick or treaters who dared come to our house. 

One year, we stuffed our clothes full of autumn leaves, put jack-o-lanterns on our heads and sat in the front yard as creepy scarecrows. Another year we used our mother’s glue gun to fix twigs and branches together a la “Blair Witch Project” and hid in the bushes around our house waiting to jump out.

It got so bad that children stopped coming to the Legg house on Halloween, even to this day, almost 15 years after my brother and I left the house.

Discover Huddersfield

I guess it’s not surprising that I would be responsible for “Shuddersfield”, Huddersfield’s first ghost tour, produced as part of community-led project, Discover Huddersfield. 

Discover Huddersfield is a partnership between Huddersfield Town Centre Partnership (HTCPL) and Huddersfield Creative Arts Network (HCAN) which encourages people to explore Huddersfield town centre in new and interesting ways. This is certainly what Shuddersfield does.

With the help of local historians and authors such as Kai Roberts, I have put together a collection of stories about Huddersfield that shed a darker light on our fair town. Did you know that a mysterious ghost haunts platform 1 of Huddersfield train station? Or, that bodies were once buried in what is now the Cellar Theatre of the LBT? Didn’t think so.

If you’re still feeling brave, you can come along. I’ll be the one in the shadows, lit only by lantern light.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

 

Rebecca Legg is an artist and creative practitioner with Huddersfield based company, Chol Theatre

www.choltheatre.co.uk

The Shuddersfield Ghost Tour is at 6.30pm on Sunday 17 March, after the Jeremy Dyson In Conversation. Meet outside the Central Library and Art Gallery, Huddersfield. Cost £3 (£2 conc) (pay direct on the night).