I wasn't really expecting anything much to happen, even though
'The Dolphin' dates back to mediaeval times and lists Jane
Austen, Thackery, Nelson and even Shakespeare as its guests.
As soon as they arrived, the mediums were picking up a lot.
Both had visions of a royal carriage arriving in the courtyard
behind the hotel, although we haven't been able to verify
this. They also both sensed a spirit in the room I was staying
in - and Kelvin said he could see a figure standing by my
wardrobe, which was pretty spooky.
to Taryn, a barmaid who used to work as a chambermaid there,
Room 6, right at the end of the corridor, was the one nobody
would go into alone.
persuaded her to tell us her story, on air, standing in Room
6 in complete darkness. She said she'd been cleaning there,
when she saw a shadow in the corner of her eye and when she
turned around the door, which had been wedged open, was firmly
was no other guest or member of staff in the corridor. Colleagues
say she ran out of the room, screaming.
American soldier who later stayed in the room also ran out
in the night and refused to sleep anywhere in the hotel, retreating
to his car until morning. He said there had been something
in the room with him.
none of us picked up anything in Room 6.
we'd all wandered into an empty, darkened dining room on the
first floor. Ali Sparkes made a bee line for the fire place
and rested against it, looking very at home. She beckoned
us over, telling us that she was feeling very cold and tingly,
but quite relaxed.
told us she was standing more or less in the spirit image
of a portly gentleman, who looked like he lived around the
17th century. Ali said she felt he was looking out to the
water where the ships were. Before the modern flats were built
on Castle Way, could you, indeed, have looked up West Street,
opposite, and seen out across the sea walls?
was all very interesting, but for me, it didn't really get
started until we went down into the cellars, which date back
to mediaeval times. We kept all the lights off, using only
the glow from the night vision camcorder which Simon was operating.
edged along a narrow corridor and Kelvin stopped us at a strange
alcove in the wall, looking into a very small, low ceilinged
said the spirit of a small boy was in there.
it started getting exciting. Simon caught some strange moving
lights on the night vision camera, which we think were orbs
- the most basic form of spirit manifestation. Kelvin said
it was this boy, and called to him - and the lights really
did seem to be moving towards him and around his hands. Way
down in that pitch black cellar, we called in to Paul Miller
and reported what was happening. It was incredibly exciting.
just as we came off air, it all happened. Kelvin said
'Stop - and turn out the camera light. Can you see that
at the end of the corridor?'
genuinely saw a glowing white apparition coming towards us.
All of a sudden I felt the most almighty blast of icy cold.
As we felt our way back out
of the narrow cellar corridor, we tried to switch the dim
lights back on - but the bulbs blew out. We went to another
room off the spooky corridor and sat around a strange cardboard
cone brought along by Mark.
braving the cellar
couldn't resist going back to the cellars for our final broadcast
in to Paul Miller's programme, so we returned to the same
spot - and literally while I was chatting on air the temperature
dropped so much that we were shivering violently.
was at that point that the psycics discovered a small hidden
doorway low down to the ground of the cellar, which Kelvin
felt was the little boy's hiding place or escape route many
also all saw something glinting in the darkness, which looked
very much like eyes. We have it on the camcorder tape, and
we'll probably be wondering about it forever.
it all real? Did I really, at long last, see a ghost? Whatever
you think - I was there - and I couldn't explain it any other
from 'Mike's Mysteries',
BBC Radio Solent Magazine, Winter 2003