Gallery: Zombies take over Halesworth

WHAT a thriller - ghouls took over a Suffolk town at the weekend and entertained crowds with a version of a pop classic.

Scores of undead descended on Halesworth before dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller in aid of the Rifle Hall.

The Zombie Walk event was set up to help raise funds the hall which has been taken on by a group of community volunteers who have ambitious plans to redevelop it.

As well as marching through the town some of the zombies also showed they had musical talent in the Thoroughfare by showcasing some of Jackson’s famous moves - and raising �150 in donations.

There was also Halloween crafts and games in the 18th century hall including pumpkin carving, decoration making and bobbing for apples and in the evening there was party and disco for adults.

All of the events were organised by the trustees of the hall and at least �1,000 was raised from the day as people paid �1 to take part in the zombie parade, including county councillor Tony Goldson, and about 100 people handed over a �1 enter the hall or made donations.

Nykki Maguire, 39, was one of the trustees taking part in the zombie walk and she had also spent two weeks rehearsing for the Thriller routine along with the other dancers

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She said: “It went really, really well.

“We had about 60 people taking in the walk, including a lot of children. People did stop and watch us and ask what it was all about.

“It is about raising the profile and awareness of the hall and helping to buy equipment, whether that be tables or chairs.”

The hall, which dates back to 1792 and had been run by Waveney District Council, is in need of a major overhaul and although planning permission has been secured to refurbish it and replace two extensions, help is needed to raise money for the work.

To raise funds there are plans to hold a quiz, a Christmas bazaar, a Santa walk through the town and a burlesque show.