Thursday, February 20, 2014

Did a 'Ghost' Pay a Valentine's Day Visit to One of England's Oldest Pubs?

Courtesy Manchester Evening News
Here's another 'ghost' video for your perusal and it just happened last week. The UK's Manchester Evening News reported that staff at one of Britain's oldest pubs got pretty spooked when they investigated why the CCTV camera stopped recording at 6:18am on Friday morning (February 14). It seems that in the Ye Olde Man and Scythe, Bolton, Greater Manchester, Valentine's Day may have been confused with Halloween.

According to manager Tony Dooley, "I came down and saw a glass smashed on the floor so I was instantly suspicious and went to check the CCTV and found it has stopped working. We checked the footage and it revealed this figure. To be honest I was a bit concerned - I'm a bit of a sceptic when it comes to ghosts but you become more of a believer when you see things like that."

The pub dates back to 1251, and is the "fourth-oldest pub in Britain and is reputedly haunted by the Seventh Earl of Derby, James Stanley." It also has quite the bloody history including the fact that hundreds of soldiers and civilians were "killed outside the pub in the Bolton Massacre of 1644." It is said to be haunted by at least 25 spirits, and Tony revealed, "Occasionally you hear things and wonder if it's just the building settling down or whether it's something else."

The beginning of the video sets it up nicely and it does look like something or someone appears. Let us know what you suspect. Could it be one of the resident ghosts, a camera glitch, cupid?

-Larissa Mrykalo