Folk tales published in new book

Author Ingrid Barton.

Author Ingrid Barton.

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A collection of stories from around East Yorkshire have been published in a new book.

Author Ingrid Barton’s ‘East Riding Folk Tales’ features more down to earth stories than the stories in her book ‘North Yorkshire Folk Tales’, which includes mostly tales of villainy.

Mrs Barton, of Kilnwick Percy, explained: “There are evil press gangs on the coast, witches who hide stolen milk in a stool, a wicked uncle who abandons his baby niece in a tree, Peg Fyfe, the bandit scourge of Holderness who skins an informer alive. There is also the inevitable dragon, a mermaid or two, one of the creepiest ghost stories you’ve ever heard, the famous Screaming Skull of Burton Agnes and, of course, the true story of Thomas Pelling, the Flying Man of Pocklington.”

She added: “These stories are the heritage of everyone who lives in East Yorkshire. They are your stories. Enjoy them and pass them on to your grandchildren.”

Oral storyteller Mrs Barton will be signing copies of her new book at All Saints’ Church on Saturday and Sunday (9 and 10 May) during Pocklington’s Flying Man Festival.

She will be telling stories from East Riding Folk Tales in Pocklington later this summer.

The book, which is out now, is available from Waterstones, WHSmith and Amazon.