|Christian Dixon (manager) and Paula Wharton (Assistant manager) at the Queen's Arms pub in New Hall |
Staff are now mounting a cover-up operation in a bid to thwart a randy ghost that pinches their bums.
And the cheeky phantom that haunts the Jewellery Quarter’s Queens Arms isn’t fussed whether his victims are male or female. Even manager Christian Dixon has had his buttocks tweaked.
The boss said: “It’s quite shocking – and definitely not a muscle spasm. It’s a very firm pinch.
“It happens day and night.
“You turn round, but there’s no one there. It’s most off-putting.”
Assistant manager and barmaid Paula Wharton has also felt the vice-like grip of the playful spook.
But Paula, 41, won’t have a bad word said against the spirit with wandering hands.
“I don’t think he’s nasty, he’s just another regular,’’ she laughed.
‘‘I live at the pub, but I’m OK in the flat.
“It’s late at night when staff walk from the back to the bar that they see and hear things.”
Paula has bolted only once, when she heard music and singing coming from the bowels of the empty building.
There are an awful lot of things that go bump in the night at the 170-year-old watering hole.
One bald-headed ghost is so confused by the new layout he’s been spotted walking through walls to find the bar.
There have also been mysterious clouds of smoke – definitely not caused by drinkers snubbing the cigarette ban – and strange noises.
Barmaid Georgina Mason has had the closest close encounter with the spirit world. She was about to challenge a stranger walking through the bar.
Before she could utter a word, however, the deadpan visitor – a small, bald, smartly-dressed individual – had disappeared through a wall.
Christian is baffled by the catalogue of eerie events. The 28-year-old added: “We have witnessed chairs moving on their own, frequently heard footsteps when the pub is closed and seen pockets of twirling smoke inside, always coming from the same area.”
He doesn’t know who the ghosts are, but heard a little girl died after falling down stairs many, many years ago.
“We each have our own theories as to what’s causing these occurrences,” Christian confessed.
“But whatever it is, it does seem some customers and staff love the place so much they just can’t bring themselves to leave.”
A team of ghostbusters are set to visit in the next few weeks. They’re in for a tough night, says Christian – a real ‘backs to the walls’ job.