The winner of one of Britain's most coveted jobs says her new profession is abandoning the housing market to live in a cave. And she says it's a step up.
Carole Bohanan, a real estate agent from Shepton Mallet, Somerset, will be the new Carla Calamity, the Witch of Wookey Hole, beating around 300 contestants for the job. The job pays £50,000 ($80,000) a year and requires her to live in the cave.
"I am on top of the moon. This is a natural step up from my current job. You need witchy skills to sell houses at the moment," Bohanan told UK newspaper The Times.
More than 3,100 people requested application forms, 278 "volunteered" their mother-in-law and 23 church groups sent in letters of complaint, the paper said. It said 401 male witches inquired about the position, which also tempted one London banker.
A photographer, a dive master, an aromatherapist, a local journalist, a tattooist and a stonemason were included in the 15 finalists, the Times reported.
Each contender had no more than 60 seconds to cast a spell on the jury so as to secure the job and some resorted to desperate measures.