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Sunday, 21 September 2014

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Zombies invade Carlisle

Carlisle's Bitts Park was the focus of an invasion when hordes of zombies shuffled into town.

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From left, Emily Harrison, Isabel Toms, Josh Kendal, Jay Peed and Kat Milligan attack Leah McGeorge

The mass gathering was the fourth annual meeting, after being set up by Johnny McCann, from Stanwix.

Saturday’s Zombie Walk was organised through Facebook – where Johnny is known as Johnny Marble – and around 20 people turned out in various states of decay. He said that numbers were lower than previous years and believed it could be down to the Cumbria Pride event which was taking place in the city centre at the same time.

He added that those who turned up enjoyed themselves. “It started as a joke when a friend of mine said if there was a zombie invasion of Carlisle he’d hide in the Castle,” he said. “So I said ‘I will sort out a few zombies’.”

They hope to raise money for charity at future events and say blood-related causes are appropriate.

He added: “The highlight was mingling with the gay pride crowd which was fun.

“We normally finish off with a game of zombie rounders – with a blood-covered ball and a severed leg for a baseball bat.”

To continue the costume theme Jonny has organised a masquerade ball at the Brickyard, in Fisher Street, on Saturday with the theme coming from the 1980s David Bowie film Labyrinth.

Kat Milligan, 26, travelled across the border from Dumfries and Galloway to take part and said it was good fun.

She joked that she liked “eating flesh” and added: “It’s not every day you get to dress up as a zombie.”

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