Witch ‘execution’ at Skegness site

Skegness author William Hussey signing copies of his Witchfinder children's novels after a witch trial in Dublin earlier this year
Skegness author William Hussey signing copies of his Witchfinder children's novels after a witch trial in Dublin earlier this year
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A WITCH will be executed in front of an audience of children in Skegness tomorrow, Thursday.

After being tortured into confessing her demonic deeds, she will be mercilessly killed at Skegness Library, Roman Bank, in keeping with methods of the 17th Century.

Skegness author William Hussey will be leading the witch trial, having already administered his gruesome blend of justice at more than 200 UK schools.

“It’s an evening of blood, mayhem and torture,” he said.

Unlike the thousands of genuine executions that took place hundreds of years ago, William’s witch trial is a light-hearted re-enactment to promote his Witchfinder series of children’s novels and provide his young audience with an insight into the fascinating history of the era.

One of the audience members will take the witch’s role while two others will conduct the investigation as ‘witch-finders’ inflicting genuine and horrifying interrogation techniques on the accused.

Misconceptions about other ways witches were supposedly tried will also be revealed, such as the ‘ducking stool’ which though a genuine punishment, was never used on witches.

The rest of the group, acting as the jury, will then seal the witch’s fate when they decide whether to execute or spare her.

William has toured extensively with his witch trials to promote his critically acclaimed trilogy of novels based on the dark arts of the 17th Century.

It is an era he finds fascinating and hopes his visit will educate and entertain.

He said: “It was a hugely important time in history because it was when we took our first steps towards democracy but it was also a really horrible period because the courts had broken down and everyone was at war.

“Hopefully people will come away having had a good time and also having learned something from that period of time.

“I also try to draw parallels with the modern classroom environment and bullying.”

l The event starts at 6.45pm on Thursday at Skegness Library. To book a place call 01522 782010.