Spooky stories wanted for book

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A PARANORMAL investigator is looking for Spalding’s most haunted buildings for a new book.

Gemma King, who lives in Cowbit, is well-known locally for her interest in strange goings-on as she was part of a team who last year stayed overnight at Spalding’s Ayscoughfee Hall in an attempt to record ghosts in the historic building.

Now she is in the research stages of a new book to be called Haunted Spalding, which is part of a national series by publishers The History Press.

Already she is busy talking to owners of everything from pubs to private homes where someone has experienced something unusual which could be paranormal activity, but is still keen to hear from anyone else who has experienced ghostly goings-on.

She said: “I have already spoken to a lot of people who have stories to tell, including many pubs that have encountered some form of paranormal activity – but this is no surprise given that pubs are among the oldest and most atmospheric buildings we have and have an extensive history dating back hundreds of years in some cases.

“But a building does not necessarily have to be that old to be haunted and I would like to hear from anyone who knows of places where paranormal activity has been reported, be in a private home, public building or even out on the street.”

Gemma will follow any information up by talking to people involved, visiting the buildings and researching their history and is keen to gather photographs where possible.

Some of the venues she has already visited include the Granary pub and restaurant at Long Sutton, where staff have reported various strange incidents including “someone” playing with a gas oven and a waitress sensing someone leaning over her as she laid tables in the dining room, and The Chequers in Holbeach, where there have been reports of the sound of children running up and down the stairs and child’s handprints appearing on mirrors that have just been cleaned.

She has also visited the Red Lion, Spalding and the Lamb and Flag at Whaplode.

Gemma said: “I believe that exploring the paranormal side of these buildings is a fantastic way to learn about local history with an intriguing twist and is a great way to celebrate an important part of our heritage and preserve their history.

“I have been surprised by how many of our local pubs have had their own stories to tell, even at this early stage of my research.

“That said, there will no doubt be many haunted locations I am not yet aware of that would be ideal for the book and I would love to hear from anyone that knows a spooky local tale.”

To contact Gemma with your ghostly experiences, e-mail hauntedspalding@gmail.com.