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Legends explored.


URBAN legends in general and Rosie the Nicholas Chamberlaine Technology College ghost in particular were in the spotlight at a week long summer school.

The event took place at the school in Bulkington Road, Bedworth.

There were 20 12 to 15- year-old pupils taking part. The two main subjects were media and dance and the theme was urban legends.

The pupils at how urban legends are told, re told and embroidered. They investigated their very own legend of Rosie the ghost, rumoured to haunt the school corridors.

Russell Bentick, 13, said: "There's a ghost called Rosie. It's a story from ages ago. Some people say she hung herself and some people say she was killed a fire. Or that she was stabbed or bullied and fell from somewhere."

They talked to staff and former pupils about her. They didn't find anyone who had ever seen her but they heard tales of lights mysteriously going on and off. People also told them about hearing sounds of screeching, running footsteps and slamming doors when there's nobody around.

The pupils didn't set out expecting to find any evidence the school is haunted or even that there was once a pupil called Rosie who met a tragic end. But what they have found out is how such stories come to be repeated and changed over the years.

Then they worked with Oliver Scott from Mercurial Dance and film maker Dom Breadmore to turn the various stories of Rosie into a film.


DS250707NICO3 SUMMER SCHOOL... Trying to film ghosts are Simon Burgess (with camera) and (from top) Kate Bennett, Roney Trulove, Kayleigh Spark, Lauren Leeson, Lauren Pettipher, Ryan Lenton Picture: Darryl Smith
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 30, 2007
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