Christmas ghost story: Christmas Victorious by Phil Chandler

James Taylor at his desk in his office at 116 High Street, Old Portsmouth.

Those halcyon days when pen and paper just worked!

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Fred Dinenage reads Christmas Victorious by Phil Chandler.

Phil, picked as the runner-up in the 16-and-over category of The News Christmas ghost story competition, has his wife Jennifer to thank for getting him to enter our ghost story competition.

Phil Chandler - Ghost Story runner-up in 16-and-over category

Phil Chandler - Ghost Story runner-up in 16-and-over category

When he heard his story had been picked out, the 55-year-old from Purbrook said: ‘That’s great. I was reading The News and saw the article about the competition. My wife said I should have a go, so I did.’

Phil, who works as an education consultant, enjoys writing in his spare time. He explained: ‘It’s always been a hobby. But as part of staff development, an opportunity came up to do a course in creative writing at the University of Winchester.

‘I’ve also done some scriptwriting and I thought the ghost story competition would be a bit of fun.’