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We Don't Serve Spirits At The Bar...
« on: May 16, 2006, 04:20:49 AM »
Haunted pub...
26 April 2006

A terrified landlord is calling in a priest to exorcise his Yorkshire pub after he confronted a ghostly apparition causing mayhem to his premises. Roger Froggatt, of the Low Valley Arms, was left severely shocked after seeing the
ghostly figure of a woman dressed all in white when he went to what he thought was a break-in at his Barnsley pub around at 1.30am yesterday.

But it was when he went to check the toilets that he got the shock of his life. In front of him stood the grotesquely disfigured apparition of an elderly woman dressed all in ghostly white. When she turned to look at him he saw half her face was missing, from her cheekbone down to her jaw. He and his wife Kathryn were so terrified they called the police who also witnessed spooky goings-on.

Three plasma television screens had switched themselves on. A heat-seeking alarm had also been activated and the manually-operated toilets were flushing themselves - which police last night confirmed they too had seen - yet
there was nobody in the pub or any sign of a break-in.

Regulars say the ghost may be that of a former barmaid who died some years ago at the Station Road pub in Darfield (Yorkshire). The frightened couple are now planning to call in a priest to carry out an exorcism to rid the pub of the evil spirit. Mr Froggatt, 49, was so shaken that the police offered to call him an ambulance but he refused medical treatment. He said: "I have never seen anything like it in my life. I had made the pub secure, switched off all the power to the television screens then went upstairs with my wife to bed in our flat on the premises.

"I was woken when the alarm went off and went downstairs to see if I could hear anything but heard nothing and reset it and went back to bed. There are heat-seeking sensors all over the pub and if anyone had been inside the bar area the alarm would have gone off again within three seconds. I went back to sleep then the alarm went off about one-and-a-half hours later. I heard nothing again and reset the alarm but this time decided to investigate further and went into the pub armed with a lump of wood in case there were burglars.

"I will never forget what I saw. All three plasma television screens were switched on. My wife went to switch them off and I checked the toilets. When I went into the ladies I couldn't believe what I saw. There was a figure of what I
believe was a woman with no face and silvery grey hair, dressed in a white gown. I stood there for about four or five seconds then fled in terror. I ran out of there, I was that shaken. I couldn't speak. I couldn't even speak to the police when they arrived soon afterwards after my wife called them.

"She took two officers into the toilets and they saw them just flushing by themselves, all the time. They are not automatic and you have to pull the handle down. There was nobody there. I can't remember much about it after that. I was shaking. I have never seen anything like it before and don't want to again. It was the ugliest thing I have ever seen."

Mr Froggatt insisted he was a man who was not easily frightened and one who had run pubs for some time. "This has just done my head in," he said. "We've had gas taps turning themselves on in the cellar and barrels mysteriously moving about but have just dismissed it as figments of our imagination. But believe me, last night was real."

Mr Froggatt and his wife Kathryn, 55, have run the pub, formerly called the Watt Tyler, for just a year.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "Officers attended and made a search of the property. On entering the toilet area the pedestal toilets in the cubicles began to flush themselves. We are still investigating."

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Re: We Don't Serve Spirits At The Bar...
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2006, 04:23:40 AM »
Another haunted pub...

A pub owner called in the services of a vicar after claims ghosts were frightening her staff and customers. Julie Edwards, who runs the Thirsty Scholar in Wrexham, N. wales, said she contacted her vicar after paranormal occurrences in the town centre pub. The Reverend Ron Evans carried out the exorcism at the pub which is believed to have once been used as a mortuary.

Bizarre behaviour, including objects flying across rooms, have been witnessed bystaff and customers. Ms Edwards said there had been a number of strange sightings. "Crisps being thrown, glasses breaking in your hand - which was
really, really scary - ladles being thrown across the room, beer mats on the floor, doors opening and shutting for no reason, the atmosphere going cold," she said. She also claimed she could feel spirits at around opening time leaving
people feeling scared.

"I don't think it's just one ghost, I think it's quite a few that are here. I think there's one who's not very friendly because of the things thrown and the glasses smashed and I think there's another one here because you don't always get that horrible feeling when things happen."

Rumours about the pub's history suggest that it was once used as a mortuary, and in the cellar there is thought to be an underground tunnel that leads to the former War Memorial Hospital, now Yale College. Ms Edwards became so concerned she called in the Reverend Ron Evans from Connah's Quay.

"I rang the Parish Church and was put on to the Reverend Evans. He was very good and helped us out. He put crosses on the doors and I went round with my son and we said prayers with him," she said. "Since he's been here the place has gone calmer, the atmosphere's better."

Nicola Hughes works behind the bar of the Thirsty Scholar. She said she had also witnessed the strange phenomena. "It's not so much seeing, it's feeling. I've seen a man sitting by the patio doors in black, I've had glasses smashed in my hands, it's just really unreal sometimes," she said. "It was scary. I was here
late at night sometimes and things started banging."
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Re: We Don't Serve Spirits At The Bar...
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2006, 03:07:13 AM »
Is our pub ghost a former regular?
By Jane Willis

Is there anybody out there... who knows the identity of a ghost believed to be haunting a Preston pub?

When they took over running the Hand and Dagger pub, Preston, Pam Mobbs and partner Dave Eyre knew that serving spirits was going to be part of the job.

But the couple didn't expect them to be of the non-alcoholic kind!

Since they moved into the seventeenth century pub three weeks ago, the couple say they have witnessed some strange ghostly going-ons.

Bar mats and menu cards have been moved during the night and chairs and tables have been re-arranged.

Pam said: "In the upstairs restaurant you can sometimes hear male voices."

According to pub regulars the mysterious happenings are the work of Fred' who, Pam claims, has haunted the pub in Clifton Road, Salwick, for many years.

Now the new owners are appealing to people to come forward with information leading to Fred's identity?

"Nothing that has happened is really scary," said Pam.

"But we would love to know who Fred is and are appealing to people to pop down and tell us what they know."


Viper says: Hm. I expect this is cheaper than paying for an ad in the paper asking for people to "pop down" to their new business...
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