Madness takes its toll in Ancrum double bill

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Things often go bump in the night in Ancrum.

There’s the mysterious figure that walks the bounds of the graveyard with a small black dog; locals tend to stay away from the site of the old Bishop’s Palace after dark; and if you’ve ever been in the pub on a quiet night you might have seen their resident ghost waiting patiently by the back bar to be served.

What better place then, to spend a thoroughly scary Hallowe’en weekend?

This year organisers are embracing their ghostly reputation to raise funds to redecorate the village hall, where, on Saturday, November 1, they’ll be showing arguably the most frightening horror movie of all time, The Omen (cert 18), and although they don’t want to reveal any secrets, let’s just say they will be making sure our audience have a truly terrifying time.

For those who like a bit more humour in their horror, or who want to start the evening on a high, or even just an excuse to dress up in fishnet stockings, the evening will be kicking off with a screening of Richard O’Brien’s cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (cert 15).

Full costume is recommended, and a sense of camp compulsory. A bar and usherette service is provided.

Rocky Horror starts at 6.30pm and The Omen at 9pm.

Tickets – £5 for a single showing, £8 double bill (£4 and £7 concessions) on the door, subject to availability, or from The Ancrum Pantry and Cross Keys, Ancrum in advance. Advance purchase is recommended to avoid disappointment.