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Spooky village pub is a real regular haunt

Ghostly goings on at The Swan Inn in Hunmanby.Landlord Andrew Bowles gets a fright while enjoying a cheeky pint.Picture Richard Ponter 132115

Ghostly goings on at The Swan Inn in Hunmanby.Landlord Andrew Bowles gets a fright while enjoying a cheeky pint.Picture Richard Ponter 132115

Usually the only thing that scares pub punters is the price of a pint, but at a Hunmanby boozer, it’s not just the ale that’s spooking drinkers.

Paranormal investiagtors have declared that the historic pub is haunted, with otherworldly ‘guests’ including the spirits of a honeymooning woman called Margret, as well as a scraggly-haired young girl, clutching a teddy.

The recent visit was the second time investigators have visited the old coaching inn, and landlord Andrew Bowles said their findings are enough to sway him from spending a night in the attic.

“You do feel a bit like ‘who is watching me’ in the pub,” said Mr Bowles.

“I’ve not heard that much myself in the time that I’ve been here, but I must admit I’m on both sides.

“I’m a bit sceptical but I do believe, especially when you look at the history of the pub.

“It’s been here a very long time, a lot longer than all of us.”

And he added: “There are some shadows here and there, and put it this way, I’m not living in the flat!”

The pub was visited overnight by the Abbey Ghost Hunters, a group of enthusiasts who spent five hours scouring the pub for evidence of ghosts and ghoulies.

And in the group’s report of the evening spent at the pub, they said while they had no big expectations prior to visiting the pub, their findings were “pretty amazing”.

They also claim that two of the group were literally touched by spirits on the overnight stay.

Still, the eerie findings havn’t put off drinkers. In fact, it’s had the total opposite effect.

“All the regulars think it’s great,” said Mr Bowles.

“People have been aware for a while that there’s a few strange goings on, but this is all very exciting.”

And it’s felt that the pub’s new haunted credentials could give the local economy a cash injection.

The pub, which is currently under threat of development from owners Enterprise Inn, could host paranormal evenings, such as ghost walks and tours.

The events have become big business in recent years, and if campaigners hoping to save the pub from closure are successful in their efforts, landlord Andrew Bowles thinks the door will be well and truly open to ghost hunters.

He said: “I think it’s definitely something that will be considered, and why not?”

Ghost haunts and walks have become big business in recent years, and a Scarborough event is planned for Halloween.

 

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