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Ghosts and Ghouls

It's Halloween again and staff at a Leicester pub are feeling a bit spooked. They're convinced that the building is haunted, so Rupal went to investigate. Listen to her spooky findings!

Is it simply a fear of the unknown or is there more to it?

You hear about haunted pubs all the time and I've visited the odd one or two in the past, but have never quite experienced the fear I felt at Molly O'Gradys in the city recently.

"I suddenly started to feel my stomach churning and my whole body shaking."

Rupal Rajani, BBC Leicester

With the nights drawing in, everything seems just that little bit more scary.

However, when you're invited to visit a grade two listed pub first thing in the morning you don't expect to be spooked quite so much as I was when I met Lorraine the landlady of the pub.

Listen: The Large Celler

Like any pub, the cellar is infamous for spooky tales, but you don't actually expect anything to happen in broad daylight with two other people with you.

Listen to BBC Leicester's Rupal Rajani's creepy celler experience...

I was shown around and told about the goings on in the large cellar (which in another life used to be the Sarason's Head.)

The cellar houses many rooms including the old bar room that's still there complete with the bar. Bits of old furniture no longer used still laying around. And all the usual things you might find in a cellar.

Beware the ghostly hand!

Beware of the ghostly hand!

I Was Scared!

Standing near what used to be the gents toilets chatting away to Lorraine and Paul the barman - I suddenly started to feel my stomach churning and my whole body shaking.

I wasn't, until that point feeling particularly scared, but I felt very uncomfortable all of a sudden. I felt that I needed to get away from the area as soon as possible.

I felt myself struggling for breathe!

It could be that I was just overwhelmed by the whole experience, or suddenly frightened by the conversation, but somehow I don't think so. 

Listen: The Bar

As we walked up the stairs and back into the bar, Lorraine also told me that the two dogs they have, refuse to go into the cellar.

Don't they say - that animals have a sixth sense about these things?

Listen to Rupal's findings as she bravely followed the stairs back up to the bar...

That feeling of unease and fear took the whole day to get over. I don't know what's down there, if anything at all!

I do know 'Whoever or Whatever' it is, scared me and it's an experience I really don't want to repeat again in a hurry.

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