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Never mind the b******s, it's Halloween

A weekly newspaper published a double-page spread on ghoulish goings-on across its patch – despite the editor describing it as “total bollocks.”

Glenn Ebrey, of the Croydon Advertiser, gave the go ahead to a story on the haunted hotspots of South London to coincide with Halloween on Friday following a jokey newsroom debate about the credibility of paranormal phenomena.

The piece saw the Local World title team up with local historian John Hickman to tell spooky tales emanating from pubs, banks and even Crystal Palace FC’s Selhurst Park ground.

However Glenn took to Twitter to make his own personal views on the matter clear after giving the article the green light.

Ebrey Tweet

He wrote: “To prove the Advertiser is a democracy, I’m giving over two pages of Friday’s paper to something I’ve dismissed as ‘total bollocks'”.

He later added: “To clarify an earlier tweet, Friday’s story is a feature on Croydon’s Most Haunted.

“It’s well worth a read – I just don’t believe in ghosts!”

Glenn declined to add to his comments when contacted by HTFP.  The feature can be read on the paper’s website here.



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  • November 4, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Can someone, somewhere please define the word ‘Editor’?

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  • November 4, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Who’d have thought my dislike of all things Hallowe’en would get me into so much strife.

    Just to clarify…

    1. My Malcolm Tucker-lite outburst was a comment on the concept of Hallowe’en and ghost stories in general – not on this feature, which is a genuinely fine piece of work

    2 I didn’t refuse to comment – I just wrongly assumed my Twitter feed wasn’t interesting enough to be deemed newsworthy

    3. Sorry mum, for saying a bad word

    4. I don’t really hate Hallowe’en that much. In fact, I took last Friday off to celebrate it with my family and this year carved my first-ever pumpkin

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  • November 4, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    How nice to see an editor chipping in his (her) thoughts.

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