Festival to return in November

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THE Queen of Horror Festival held for the first time last year in memory of icon Ingrid Pitt is to return later this year.

It will take place on November 8 and 9 at St Mary-in-the-Castle, and promises to be bigger and better.

Celebrity guests confirmed so far include actresses Carol Cleveland and Madeline Smith.

Ingrid Pitt’s starring roles in cult classics of the 1970s, such as Countess Dracula, and The Vampire Lovers, earned her the title Queen of Horror.

The Polish-born actress also appeared alongside Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton in Where Eagles Dare, as well as in a stream of TV shows such as Dr Who.

She died in November 2010, aged 73, after a long illness.

Her husband Tony Rudlin, and The Official Ingrid Pitt Fan Club, are behind the Queen of Horror Festival.

Tickets are now on sale for the Grande Masque Ball, which is to be the closing event of the festival.

The front of St Mary-in-the-Castle will be highlighted by images projected onto the entrance to welcome the masked guests.

Also confirmed is the convention, on Sunday, November 9.

There will be around 40 specialist dealers as well as special guests from the horrow genre of film, as well as Bond films and Dr Who.

Once again there will be a short film and short story competition.

A selection of the film entries will be screened, along with at least one of Ingrid Pitt’s films.

For information on the Short Story and Film Competitions visit www.facebook.com/QueenOfHorror.

Any dealers interested in having a stand should contact tripproduction8@gmail.com to reserve a place.