02nd November 2018
Guests travelling on the Caledonian Sleeper received a Halloween themed treat on Thursday 1 November when a storyteller from The Real Mary King’s Close climbed on board to tell tales of Edinburgh’s dark past.
The event offered guests a unique insight into the rich history and notable characters of the Scottish capital through a series of short stories told by Robert Fergusson – a well-known 18th century poet who had a great influence on Robert Burns.
Mark Hannah, a character tour guide from The Real Mary King’s Close played Mr Fergusson and entertained passengers with stories of his time in Edinburgh as well as the people who followed him, including the infamous gruesome twosome Burke and Hare.
Mark commented: “There’s no better time than Halloween to bring history to life. At the Close, we invite guests to step down into Edinburgh’s hidden history. We tell the intriguing real stories of the city’s past residents, and offer an immersive walk-through of the city’s uniquely preserved streets and spaces; all located underneath Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile. To be asked to bring a small selection of some of our favourite stories to guests travelling on the Caledonian Sleeper has been thrilling.”
Graham Kelly, Serco’s Guest Experience Director at Caledonian Sleeper, added: “We were very excited to welcome The Real Mary King’s Close back for a second Halloween. Travelling through the night on board Caledonian Sleeper is magical in itself but by adding these truly Scottish events, including the historical tales from Edinburgh’s most famous street, we’re able to make the journey even more enchanting and memorable. We hope guests enjoyed the event and weren’t too spooked before bed.”
The storytelling was part of a wider series of events organised by Caledonian Sleeper to offer guests a series of Scottish themed experiences and follows a similar storytelling event with The Real Mary King’s Close last year.
Author: Darren Porter
Image: Caledonian Sleeper