The timely return of Halloween Street Theatre in Malmesbury brought a selection of local historic characters back into being to tell their gripping, chilling and sometimes hilarious stories at locations around the town centre.

From Abbot Brithwold pacing the Nun’s Walk to a coven of Witches in the Market Cross, King Athelstan in the Cloister Gardens and a marauding Viking intent on pillage, there were thrills a-plenty for the packed out family audiences on Saturday, October 26.

Fortunately Hannah Tywnnoy was waiting to welcome all the participants in from the cold at the Old White Lion Inn, although a Tyger was pacing nearby.

The event, featuring 19 costumed participants, was organised by Athelstan Museum and Malmesbury Civic Trust.

Event co-ordinator, Campbell Ritchie said. "The audience and volunteer cast had great fun.

"Every Halloween tale we tell is founded in fact or local legend and helps illustrate something special to Malmesbury.

"It is the perfect end of season complement to the other themed guided walks we offer across the year.

"The monies raised support our activities in the community.

"The event was sold out in record time this year.

"Next year’s Halloween Street Theatre will be on Saturday, October 31, 2020!"