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Spooky fun from fomer Rydal Penrhos pupil

Rydal Penrhos alumnus, Dr Mark Baker, has organised a spooktacular weekend at the castle he is in the process of restoring

Posted by Stephanie Broad | October 14, 2016 | Events

Dr Mark Baker, who left the school in 2003, has led a group of volunteers’ intent of fixing the historic Gwrych Castle, which overlooks Abergele and can be seen from the A55 expressway.

The Grade I listed site was left to rot for decades, but the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust, which comprises of 65 volunteers and was formed in 1997, has restored the impressive Gardener’s Tower and they lit the stove and main fireplace for the first time in 100 years at their Open Day on 7th May this year.

As part of their Halloween celebrations, the trust has organised a series of ghost walks round the castle on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th October, where there will also be a special ghost hunt.

Rydal Penrhos alumnus, Dr Mark Baker

This will be followed on Sunday 30th by a pumpkin, firework and fancy dress party, and a few select tickets are available to spend the night in the restored tower at the site.

Acting head Roger McDuff, said: “It is always great to hear of our alumni doing so well, and the work Mark is doing at the Gwrych Castle site is nothing short of extraordinary.

“It has been his passion for more than 20 years now, and events like this would not be happening without his hard work.”

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