past closing time and the last few of the regulars are being ejected
from the Sun Inn in Saxilby. The band are packing up their equipment
and the staff are cashing up.
on this particular night the pub will not be empty. The Bassetlaw
Ghost Research Group have just arrived and they are getting ready
for a full night of ghost hunting.
Ghost Research Group was established about six months ago by Dave
Wharmby. The aim of the group is to collect conclusive evidence
of the existence of ghosts. They are hoping to capture this proof
either in the form of audio footage or better still on film.
they have gathered enough information they are also hoping to write
a book about the ghostly goings on in Bassetlaw and the surrounding
group have got several more investigations planned in Lincolnshire
in the coming months - these include visits to Lincoln Castle and
the Theatre Royal.
Sun Inn has one fairly famous ghostly inhabitant - Tom Otter. He
is said to have murdered his wife on the day of their wedding and
you can find the whole gory story of Tom Otter here >>
team, which currently comprises 11 members has an impressive array
of equipment which it uses to record paranormal activity. They use
a digital camera to record the events of the evening. A laser thermometer
is used to measure variations in temperature around the room. These
variations are thought to be caused by the presence of spirits.
not all their methods are so high-tech. A more basic way to test
for the presence of spirits is to see whether objects have been
object, such as a toy car is placed on a piece of paper and then
an outline is drawn. The object is checked periodically throughout
the night to see whether it has been moved out of the lines.
of the members of the team are also clairvoyant - a skill which,
contrary to popular belief can be developed. Once all the equipment
is set up the group settle around a table to see if there are any
spirits in the pub that are willing to communicate with them.
I don't know about you, but I've never been in a place where people
were trying to communicate with spirits before. The results were
quite startling. The table started to rock, gently at first and
then with more force.
and Kelvin (another clairvoyant member of the group) spoke to the
spirits that were causing the table to move and established a system
of communication whereby the table was to be moved in one direction
for yes and the other for no. Using this system they were able to
question the spirits about who they were and whether they were willing
to show themselves to us.
the night there were numerous strange noises around the pub. We
had with us one of the bar staff who assured us that the sounds
we were hearing were not ones that she had ever heard before.
well as these sounds our other senses were put to the test. There
was a strange, putrid smell for a few moments in one part of the
pub. Temperature changes were quite apparent too, as were small
breezes, as if someone was walking past you.
one stage the group joined hands in a circle and while they were
standing there felt their wrists being gripped as if by cold fingers
and their arms being raised. This was a first for all the members
of the group, and something that none of them could thoroughly explain.
the end of the night the team gathered around the table again and
spoke to more of the spirits. A number of spirits passed through
the table and one agreed to give further evidence of his presence.
Moments later a door banged. A coincidence surely... But it is harder
to explain away when you consider that when the spirit was asked
to show itself again, the door was rattled once more.
that the work of a spirit? It's hard to say, but the door was heavy
and there were no draughts coming through it. Furthermore, it had
not moved in all the hours that we had been there.
is optimistic that the group has captured images of orbs - these
are thought to balls of energy associated with the spirits, and
are the first stages of a manifestation, or appearance.
the night we spent at the pub, we didn't find Tom Otter, but according
to the Bassetlaw Ghost research group there were numerous other
spirits in the building. These include one by the name of Edward
Long and a whole group of RAF men who were based in Lincolnshire
during the Second World War.
are there ghosts at the Sun Inn? It's hard to say, but there is
one thing that you can be sure of - the Bassetlaw Ghost Research
Group will continue the hunt.