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Friday, December 23, 2005

Ghost helps collect Christmas toys

From The Scotsman:

HER plight has inspired hundreds of well-wishers to shower her with money and toys. The tragic story of a sick child has moved visitors at an Edinburgh attraction to donate more than £1000. But no amount of money will be able to help little Annie - because she has been dead for more than 300 years. The cash has been gathered from visitors to Mary King's Close who were affected by the story of Annie, a girl who is thought to have died of the plague in the underground streets beneath the City Chambers in the 1700s. And since a psychic claimed to have discovered the ghost of Annie, they have left gifts of money and toys in the room she is said to haunt. But the money will still benefit poorly children as it is being donated to Edinburgh's Royal Hospital for Sick Children. The ghost of Annie was "discovered" by a Japanese psychic in 1993, who claimed to feel a presence when she entered a small room off the part of the underground alleys beneath the Royal Mile known as Allan's Close. She "communicated" with the spirit and found her to be a young girl, heartbroken because she had lost her doll. The story goes that Annie had been locked in the room after she fell sick with the plague. The psychic put a doll into her room to comfort her and sensed that she was delighted.


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