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Alistair Chisholm is a professional Blue Badge Guide.

A small but intrepid party of West Staffordites set out for their Ghost Walk special with the Alistair Chisholm on 11/7. It was a balmy evening with a “barmy” guide (pun intended to give some flavour of our Town Crier’s style when he is working to his own script).
But no criticism is intended; on the contrary, most of his jokes were considerably better than the above and we enjoyed a remarkable tour de force as we moved from one stand to another to hear of Dorchester’s spooky past.

As in Dan Snow’s recent TV series, “Filthy Cities”, we learned much of the squalid lives – and deaths! – of former residents of our county town. Apart from the many laughs, there was much to interest the serious-minded, including several Hardy poems, beautifully recited in our guide’s inimitable tones. We dispersed after a delightful evening’s entertainment as Alistair, in full Dracula garb, melted into the shadows from whence he’d materialised an hour and a half earlier.

Take your friends and guests this summer; you won’t be disappointed!

Roger Lane



Your guided tour for us will be remembered for a very long time – everyone was thrilled with the experience. Your presentation was so interesting and entertaining. Many of the group were shown places for the first time and loved it.”

Mid Staffordshire Ramblers Association, 2009.



You managed to bring the Old Crown Court vividly to life
and left us enthralled.
… A fascinating and much appreciated tour.”

Dorchester person with visiting Australian family.



We all thoroughly enjoyed our day.
You gave us a wonderful commentary on our tour.
It was so informative and delivered with great humour.
It could not have been better.”

HACB Eastleigh group, Hampshire.



Thank you for your excellent performance.
The group that you took on the tour were very impressed
and wish to record that they had a wonderful time with you in your wanderings around Dorchester. Many thanks again.”

Forest Hiking Club, Leicestershire, 2009.



It was fantastic to have you start
the Great Dorset Bike Ride with one of your famous ‘cries’
– the riders all felt that it made a really great start to the event.”

Dorchester Cycles



I feel sure your lusty calls encouraged a lot of people
to delve deep into their pockets.
We are lucky here in Dorchester to have you
as our Town Crier.”

Breathe Easy Campaign, Dorchester Group fundraising event.



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