William MacKenzie

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William MacKenzie’s tomb within the grounds of St Andrew’s Church.

One day in the late 1990s, I was sitting in work in Kirkdale, Liverpool when my boss asked if I could run a job down to a printers in Liverpool City Centre. It was a nice, sunny day outside so I jumped at the opportunity of getting out of the stuffy office I was sitting in. I got in my car and set off for the city centre. During the journey I had the radio on and I was listening to Radio City who had an author in the studio by the name of Tom Slemen. Tom had just released a book about ghosts who haunt Liverpool and he was regaling the tale of William MacKenzie.

The Ghost Of James Street

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Here at Jammy Toast there is nothing we love more than a good old scary ghost story late at night. It makes all the bears pull the covers up over their little heads and none of them dare get out of bed for a wee-wee during the night! Tom Slemen, in particular, is one of our favourite ghost writers because he writes stories about Liverpool and the Wirral. So, we thought we would share one with you that we heard recently…

The Ghost Of Green Lane

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At the risk of sending Razzi back into hiding under his bed, we thought today we would tell you all a story we have heard recently regarding a ghost. The story revolves around Green Lane Railway Station which opened in 1886 and since then there have been umpteen stories of ghosts being seen in and around the station. One foggy evening in the early 1960s, the station was the scene of one such terrifying manifestation. It took place on a cold December night when the station was deserted except for one person waiting impatiently for a train.

Great Uncle Bimbo’s Ghost Stories #3

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As we already know from his Great Uncle Bimbo Remembers column our Uncle Bimbo has a great memory of past events. However, what you may not know is he also has other gifts. One of those gifts is making up stories to help young bears get to sleep at night. Bimbo likes to make up ghost stories to frighten everyone into sleep. After one of Bimbo’s stories there is not a bear in the house who dares to get out of bed to ask for a drink of water. However, because Bimbo is getting on a little he does sometimes get confused and mixes up true stories he has heard over the years with the stories he has made up. So there is always a little bit of confusion as to if Bimbo’s stories are true… or maybe there is some truth in the story he is telling!

Great Uncle Bimbo’s Ghost Stories #2

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As we already know from his Great Uncle Bimbo Remembers column our Uncle Bimbo has a great memory of past events. However, what you may not know is he also has other gifts. One of those gifts is making up stories to help young bears get to sleep at night. Bimbo likes to make up ghost stories to frighten everyone into sleep. After one of Bimbo’s stories there is not a bear in the house who dares to get out of bed to ask for a drink of water. With Halloween at the end of the month we thought now would be a great time to start sharing some of the blood-curdling stories Bimbo has made up… or at least we think he has made them up – we may be wrong.

The Ghost of Walton Jail

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The other day, Great Uncle Bimbo told us the story of the last person to be hanged at Walton Prison in Liverpool. As part of the story he mentioned that there are many stories of the ghosts being seen by both staff and prisoners alike. Bimbo left out any stories because we all know what a wimp Razzi can be and we didn’t want him to lose any sleep worrying about ghosts. Unfortunately for Razzi, everyone said they wanted to hear the ghost stories so we thought we would have a search round and see what we could find. The following is from the book Hunted Liverpool 18 by Tom Slemen…

The Ghost Of Green Lane

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At the risk of sending Razzi back into hiding under his bed, we thought today we would tell you all a story we have heard recently regarding a ghost. The story revolves around Green Lane Railway Station which opened in 1886 and since then there have been umpteen stories of ghosts being seen in and around the station. One foggy evening in the early 1960s, the station was the scene of one such terrifying manifestation. It took place on a cold December night when the station was deserted except for one person waiting impatiently for a train.