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Safety stepped up for Halloween

PUBLISHED: 11:42 08 October 2009 | UPDATED: 11:06 23 August 2010

Gravesend
16-10-08
Broadditch Farm
Spooky Castle
Beth Price

Gravesend 16-10-08 Broadditch Farm Spooky Castle Beth Price

ORGANISERS at an award-winning Halloween attraction say safety will be a priority during the fright season following a freak accident last year. Hannah Gamble, 15, of Dover Road, Northfleet, was given an unmarked bottle of clear liquid to drink from by a

ORGANISERS at an award-winning Halloween attraction say safety will be a priority during the fright season following a freak accident last year.

Hannah Gamble, 15, of Dover Road, Northfleet, was given an unmarked bottle of clear liquid to drink from by a steward after falling over which turned out to be petrol.

She became distressed and fell to the floor as other revellers fled an actor wielding a chainsaw in a maze caused a stampede of petrified tourists in a maze.

Last October over 15,000 revellers attended Broadwitch Hauntfest, in New Barn Road, Southfleet and this month co-owner Mark Harris is promising it will be the best and safest.

He said: "This is the ninth year we have been running the event and it is going to be bigger, better and more professional than ever.

"All our actors and stewards have received training and there has been a full risk assessment. Safety is out priority and that was a one off accident.

"I have been out to America this year for a conference on horror attractions and with a whole new setting and 35 actors this is going to be our best yet."

Despite the Northfleet School for Girls pupil's incident last year the venue finished inside the top five in two categories at an industry competition.

The working farms other rivals for 'Screamie Awards' at the National ScareCon were attractions at Alton Towers and Thorpe theme parks.

Mr Harris added: "We are just a small farm but we are doing things as good as we can and when people come they are surprised that it's more than just a little barn.

"People come here to be scared and from the reactions we really believe that we have achieved this.

"Getting the awards was great and although we didn't win either of the categories we were nominated for outright losing to two huge theme parks is no disgrace."

n The attraction opens for a fortnight on October 17 for more information call 01474 834161 or visit www.spookycastle.co.uk

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