The latest “haunted pub” video is making the rounds. It’s pretty neat but videos will never be suitable as evidence for the paranormal. However, they do make for some nifty publicity.
Spooked staff at one of Britain’s oldest pubs believe they have caught a ghost on CCTV.
The freaky footage, which appears to show a shadowy figure flickering into view by the bar, was filmed at Ye Olde Man and Scythe in Bolton.
Manager Tony Dooley spotted the spectre when he checked the cameras on Friday morning and found they had mysteriously stopped recording at 6.18am.
“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.”
“There have always been rumours it is haunted and we’ve had psychic readings done here in the past,” said Tony.
The pub has a rich history and several deaths connected to it. But that isn’t really all that uncommon when you consider the place is the 4th oldest pub in Britain and has been around since 1251. Really, people died everywhere in the world. It’s rather normal.
The 7th Earl of Derby, James Stanley was executed in the pub in 1651. The chair he was executed in is still there, which must obviously mean, so is the ghost of the late Earl.
But that’s not all. A woman is said to have hung herself in the cellar hundreds of years ago and hundreds of soldiers and civilians died outside the pub during the Bolton Massacre in 1644. No wonder the place is [assumed to be] haunted! It’s not clear if these deaths have been confirmed but there is no plausible connection between deaths and ghosts, as common as that belief is, it’s just folklore-based.
As far as the video is concerned, I’m unimpressed. It’s hard to tell just what is going on, since it’s in night vision (are CCTV cameras normally in night vision?) but also because it’s sped up like crazy. This could have been a deliberate publicity piece made to enhance the reputation of the pub (though the place looks cool enough without a fake ghost). It’s really easy to put these videos on YouTube and pass on the story through the media. But if the owners are serious, they need to hand over the original tape (and NOT to paranormal investigators, but to professionals) and do some other experiments to determine what may be happening. Most often, it does not go on to this stage. Pro-paranormal investigators volunteer their services and “confirm” a paranormal presence. The legend grows.
“It was done with multiple shots that were composited together and then adding the time stamp to show that it was all one piece. It was actually about eight different shots of the same area,” he told The Huffington Post by email. “It took us less than 45 minutes to shoot and about an hour to edit together.”
The best part is the glowing green neck tie at the end. If you know Bryan and Baxter, then you will laugh. Nice job, guys.