A NORTH Yorkshire pub is going above and beyond with its Halloween decorations this year after it erected a huge black spider over the entrance.

 The Frankland Arms, based in Thirsk, has even strung cobwebs across the entrance in case the spider doesn’t scare you enough.

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Going inside you’ll be greeted with even more, this time smaller, spiders and spooky decorations.

Caroline Bennett-Patterson, manager at the Frankland Arms, said the spider is courtesy of their next-door neighbour who used to create special effects for low-budget horror movies.

She said: “We’ve done different things since we took over the pub around four or five years ago.

 “We’re really lucky because one of our next door neighbours used to, and still occasionally does, special effects for low-budget horror films, so most of it comes from him, we decorate the inside of the pub and what happens outside is all Graham.

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“Everyday we see people walking past and I don’t think there’s a single person who hasn’t stopped and looked up or taken a photograph or pointed and smiled and just looked in awe at it.

“We hope to keep up this tradition, as long as we can keep Graham, this year was a bit touch and go whether he would find the time, but the spider idea he had had about two years ago and wanted to do it, this year we’re going to do it.

“We decorate the inside of the pub very traditionally at Christmas, we haven’t yet thought to do a big installation like this for Christmas, but if we did I think Graham would insist it was Nightmare Before Christmas.”

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Caroline said that all the credit goes to Graham Taylor who built the giant spider and runs a special effects company called GTFX.


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