The picture above is the moment the ghost of a mischievous boy 'attacked' a woman by pulling off her left ear ring and flinging it onto the ground. The spooky episode was captured on camera. View it by clicking the link below.
At least that's the opinion of the woman herself. Emma Overend is a medium who runs Ghostly Haunts. Her company held an overnight ghost watch at Northampton's Royal Theatre as a fundraising event for the Royal & Derngate.
|Dousing for spirits|
The Victorian Royal Theatre is no stranger to ghosts. The Grey Lady is perhaps the most famous spectre, as Dianne Rowe from the Royal & Derngate explains: "She occupies Box B in the Royal. She's a very friendly ghost and she's very protective of the Royal and she's very fond of children."
Other ghosts include that of Tom Robinson who worked at the Royal and whose murals adorn the outer walls of the circle.
Another spirit haunts the dingy rooms beneath the stage. This ghost is said to be a nasty piece of work, who especially dislikes women.
Speaking with the spooks
During the ghost watch, groups of paying guests moved around the theatre, trying out various techniques to speak with the spooks. They included dousing and table tipping in the foyer, using crystal pendulums in the circle and employing a mirror to communicate in the circle bar.
|'Talking to spirits' through a mirror|
During the evening there were reports of pendulums spinning, tables wobbling, doors slamming, strange lights shining, orbs floating and temperatures falling.
But it was in the darkened rooms below the stage where the most extreme events took place. We caught it on camera. Watch the video (linked at the top of this page) to see what happened.
Was it all for real? Did the ghost hunters really communicate with the 'other side', or was there a simple explanation for what appeared to be happening?