Sunday, 30 October 2011

PUB HAUNTED BY MONKS - OR HALLOWEEN HYPE?


Chamber`s Bar - Haunted or Halloween hype?
WITH North pubs facing difficult times most landlords would be pretty pleased if scores of extra visitors traipsed up to their bars.

But for Bill Bell, of Chamber’s Bar in Morpeth, Northumberland, the problem may be that his “guests” may never leave.

Since taking charge of the Bridge Street boozer in June the 64-year-old has seen his staff spooked by a succession of ghoulish goings-on.

Things came to a head when a barmaid refused to change a beer barrel after seeing a ghostly figure in the cellar and paranormal investigators were called in.

The “experts” now say the pub, which may date as far back at the 13th century is “one of the most active” spook sites they’ve ever seen with apparitions running through walls, and voices chanting and arguing in the ladies loos.

Paranormal investigator Neil Osborne, 52, a member of the Soul Searchers North East group, said he has now visited the pub 10 times in three months and seen something supernatural every time.

“The first time we switched the cameras on in the corridor we got four monks coming through the wall,” said Neil, who has been ghost hunting for 36 years.

“We put the camera at the other end of the passage and caught a procession coming through. We sat and counted out 37 figures. Some looked like children.

“We really didn’t expect that. I don’t think there has been anything like this since the Centurians at York.”

Former construction manager Bill, who used to run the Prince of Wales in Blyth and the Bank Top in Bedlington, both Northumberland, said after three months of sleeping with the lights on, he had become used to the sense of unease.

He said: “Trust me to pick a haunted pub. I was a sceptic but since I’ve been here it’s changed my mind.

“I’ve had an experience where it’s felt like someone has been sitting on the bed, holding me by the ankles.”

But Bill and his customers remain in high spirits and are set for a monk-themed party night and further paranormal investigations tomorrow for Halloween.

Source: Sunday Sun

This report naturally intrigued me on many levels.
Whilst I do not discount that this building is haunted, I have some reservations with regard to the claims on some of the manifestations.


Neil Osbourne - of  Soul Searchers North East group says, “The first time we switched the cameras on in the corridor we got four monks coming through the wall. We put the camera at the other end of the passage and caught a procession coming through. We sat and counted out 37 figures. Some looked like children. We really didn’t expect that. I don’t think there has been anything like this since the Centurians at York.”


As an investigator and film maker myself, I wanted to see this footage as it appears on face value alone to be possibly the greatest capture of paranormal activity in the history of ghost hunting!


Whilst I could not track down this footage - nor indeed any photographic stills representing this claim, I did find a video clip put on Youtube by a lady called Fiona Bell which allegedly shows a `ghostly monk` manifestation moving from the right along a corridor. 


The film is very choppy and has somebody screaming (unconvincingly) hysterically in the background. 
The `ghost` looks to me to be the outline of someone wearing a zip up trainer suit top with the zip pulled down. 
And nothing that remotely looks monastic.

LINK TO THE VIDEO  (Embedding disabled!)

On the basis of this, I am highly sceptical and dubious of any claims pertaining to the monk`s manifestation.
If I had what is claimed by Mr Osbourne, the video would have gone viral on the internet. If on the other hand it looks like the referenced link above, I can understand why it has not.
However, you can as always draw your own conclusions.



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