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Grizzly tales in store for Caledonian Sleeper guests

Published: 2 Oct 2017

Guests of Caledonian Sleeper are in for a treat as storytellers from The Real Mary King’s Close climb on board to tell the unnerving tale of Burke and Hare.

Themed for Halloween and set to take place on the overnight Edinburgh-bound service from London on Tuesday 24 October, the on board event will offer guests a unique insight into the murders committed by the notorious pair in 1828.

Renowned for telling the real stories of Edinburgh’s fascinating history, The Real Mary King’s Close is an award winning social history tour which takes guests through a unique warren of 17th century streets, frozen in time beneath the Royal Mile.

Keith Baxter at The Real Mary King’s Close, commented: “There’s no better time of year than Halloween to bring Edinburgh’s more macabre history to life, and Burke and Hare are two of Scotland’s most infamous characters. The pair is suspected of committing 16 murders over ten months in the 1800s, selling the bodies on to Doctor Robert Knox for dissection at his anatomy lectures.

“The Real Mary King’s Close in Edinburgh tells the stories of the cities fascinating history, dispelling many urban myths with a truth that is darker than any fiction. The on board storytelling event will give guests a glimpse of the experience our attraction offers. It’s set to be a really exciting evening filled with fascinating storytelling, intrigue and drama, and guests will also go home with a gift bag packed with goodies.”

The storytelling event forms a calendar of on board events organised by Caledonian Sleeper and its partners to offer guests a series of Scottish-inspired experiences.

Ryan Flaherty, Serco’s guest experience director at Caledonian Sleeper, added: “We’re really excited to be hosting the storytelling event in partnership with The Real Mary King’s Close. Scottish history fascinates people from across the world and this event will really bring to life an intriguing and dark time of the countries past. We hope guests enjoy the event and aren’t too unnerved to get a good night’s sleep.”

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