Costumed masked ball to honour Queen of Horror

John Hough, the film director (left), with John Hough, manager of Priory Meadow Shopping Centre (right)
John Hough, the film director (left), with John Hough, manager of Priory Meadow Shopping Centre (right)

A CHARITY ball is to be held later this year as part of the Ingrid Pitt Queen of Horror Festival.

The Grande Masque Ball will be at St Mary in the Castle in Pelham Crescent from 7pm on Friday, November 8.

John Hough, film director for more than 40 years, together with Hastings’ own John Hough, manager of Priory Meadow Shopping Centre, are sponsoring the event.

The evening is being organised by Ingrid’s husband Tony Rudlin, Isabela Podsiadlo and Roger Crouch, the main organiser behind the annual Pirate Day festivities.

Mr Crouch said: “St Mary in the Castle is the perfect venue to host such an event.

“A costumed masked ball is something I have always wanted to do and it is a pleasure to be involved in what is sure to be a memorable and colourful evening and a fitting tribute to Ingrid.”

Ingrid Pitt, was born Ingoushka Petrov in Warsaw, Poland, to a German father of Russian descent and a Polish Jewish mother.

During the Second World War, she and her family were imprisoned in a concentration camp.

She survived, and, in Berlin in the 1950s, married an American soldier and moved to California. After her marriage failed, she returned to Europe.

After a small role in a film, she headed to Hollywood where she worked as a waitress while trying to make a career in the movies.

In 1965, she made her film debut in Doctor Zhivago, playing a minor role. In 1968, she co-starred in the low-budget science fiction film The Omegans and, in the same year, played Heidi in Where Eagles Dare opposite Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood.

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

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

Celebrity guests confirmed so far for this year’s festival include actresses Carol Cleveland and Madeline Smith.

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

Tickets are £20 and will be available from

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