Tuesday, 9 June 2009

More Sightings.....

From The Archives...

Following our recent mention of first-hand, ghostly encounters in the post 'Capers At The Mansion', we now relate another tale of a bizarre experience, specifically associated with a W.M.G.C. investigation.....

This particular incident occured during an overnight visit to the Assembly Rooms in Tamworth, on Halloween 2008.

The building concerned, situated in Corporation Street, is steeped in tales about ghosts, apparitions and 'things that bump in the night'. Activity reported includes sightings of an elderly man and a 'Lady In White', footsteps (heard crossing the stage) and instances of 'physical interraction' with staff members. (Involving the latter, one cleaner refused to work in the building any longer and gave up her job after being 'touched' by something invisible in an ante room, just off the stage).

On the night of the investigation, a five-strong contingent from the W.M. Ghost Club had attended the event, along with staff member Jock Ross. As with all of our investigations, a number of vigils and recording sessions were carried out during our stay, with particular emphasis being put on sections of the building which had been pointed out to the group as 'significant', with regards to alleged paranormal incidents.....

An hour before the team were due to finish the investigation and call it a night, group members Steve and Nick were conducting a vigil in the front row of the auditorium when Nick twice had an impression that someone was in the process of creeping very quietly along the corridor to their right hand side.....

Some five minutes later, Steve happened to look over his right shoulder and saw a peculiar 'shape', seemingly in the process of walking into the auditorium from the corridor..... being seen to travel a distance of some seven to 10 feet (approximately). Nick instantly turned upon seeing Steve react, but the effect had already ended by this point in time. Steve displayed a considerable problem in putting what he had seen into words, saying that it resembled an effect like looking at someone with a bright light shining onto one side of them, but with only the reflected light / highlighted portion visible. It had not been a discernible figure, but around six feet in height, blurred and having a vague khaki / brown hue to it.....

Steve was highly perturbed by this experience and went through the process of trying to re-create the happening by experimenting with lights, his vision, etc. However, he could not replicate the effect.

The rest of the groups stay was spent in the stage front / auditorium area but nothing else was experienced.

Discussing Steves encounter, and checking details with Assembly Rooms staff about the ghost-lore of the building, it was discovered that the ghost of the old man said to be seen walking around the auditorium and corridor area was that of a former caretaker.

In pondering over the peculiar khaki / brown hue seen by Steve, it was suggested by group members that this may possibly relate to the same colour frequently used for the old-style cow gown, long smock-like garments frequently worn by warehousemen and caretakers in times gone by........?

A follow up investigation was held at the site by the W.M.G.C. in January 2009, but - on this occasion -the visit passed without event......

Regards to all,

The W.M.G.C.

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