Sorry… We don’t serve spirits.

Here’s a question. Is there any pub in Great Britain that hasn’t yet claimed to be haunted?
The “Paranormal Pound” is not to be sniffed at, especially in the current climate of frequent pub closures and many landlords in debt to not only banks, but breweries as well.

The latest two pubs to claim that the spirits on premises are not all confined to bottles, seem like little more than cynical attempts to cash in on the interest and publicity that a paranormal story brings.

Landlord David Langley-Evans, 49, tells the Mirror today (12-July) that he has been experiencing ghostly activity in his pub, the Thomas Arms Hotel in Llanelli, Wales, for some time.

David said: “I’ve seen it before with my own eyes but now I have proof and people believe me.

“In the 10 years I’ve been at the pub I’ve seen all kinds of ghostly things going on.”

As you will see, if you follow the link to the story, Dave provides CCTV evidence of his claim. The Mirror describes it:

Landlord David Langley-Evans, 49, was stunned when he checked the hallway CCTV from the night before and noticed a ghostly figure rise up out of the floor.

The strange white shape materialises from nowhere then grows into a ghostly form before rising up to the ceiling.

Unfortunately, a cursory look at the video shows this “ghostly form” is likely to be little more than a piece of fluff, dust or spider web directly in front of the camera lens. Its movement is likely a result of static electricity around the camera. You can see this in the tell-tale “flicking” from side to side of the object. This is a pretty common event with CCTV cameras and easily solved with a little light dusting.

Unfortunately, viewing Dave’s video on Youtube makes me even more cynical. It’s clear to see at the bottom of the right hand side of the screen that this CCTV footage was recorded on 09-10-12. In Britain it’s standard for a date to be given day-month-year, so according to the version of events recorded in the Mirror, Dave first spotted this “terrifying image almost two years ago! Also this footage was clearly shot between 6 and 7 AM, not during the night, as the Mirror claims. This information is conveniently clipped out of the Mirror’s version of the footage.
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So why has Dave chosen to go to the press now? Why not two years ago?

Could it be he was inspired by another story earlier this week, when he remembered he had the footage, which he may not have genuinely understood, and went for broke? It paid off because like Jenny Heard and Martin McConn, the new landlords of the historic Crow’s Nest Inn on Bodmin Moor, in Cornwall, Dave got free advertising.

Jenny and Martin’s story is far less impressive than Dave’s, if that’s possible, and is based on a pint sliding off the bar, and not spilling. That’s it. There’s no evidence given for this, beyond eye-witness accounts. The story itself seems little more than a vehicle for the announcement that the pub is under new management. There’s also a lovely plug for a local ale.

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Also, if this ghost is responsible for saving the pint, shouldn’t the headline read “Pub ghost thanked after pint flies off the bar and lands on the floor – without spilling a drop”?

Unless Proper Job is utter swill that is. Much like these stories.

  5 comments for “Sorry… We don’t serve spirits.

  1. Parabanal
    July 12, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    The pub on my lane isn’t, but the lane itself is. Does that count?

  2. Peebs
    July 13, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    A new assistant manager recently started working in the pub where I work.

    A few days after she started she came rushing from the bar saying an ice cube had flown from the back of the bar onto the floor and, in the space of a few seconds, convinced herself it was paranormal.

    I gently explained Occam’s Razor and suggested it may have been a stray cube which had fallen from the ice bucket and had probably thrown itself across the floor with the assistance of vibrations from passing traffic.

    Sure enough, when we placed another cube on the bar a large truck passed and the cube obligingly threw itself on the deck.

    Sadly my words of wisdom seem to have fallen on deaf ears;

    She’s just arranged a bloody psychic night.

  3. July 14, 2014 at 2:14 AM

    I couldn’t begin to count the number of pubs around me here (Tyneside) that don’t claim to be haunted. Neither of the pubs in my village go any further woowards than holding occasional ‘psychic evenings.’ The nearest ‘haunted’ establishment I can think of is “The Lord Crewe Arms” in Blanchland which has been trading on its supernatural reputation for generations.

  4. July 14, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    It’s so obviously a moth, or some insect of the like, you can see the wings flapping!

  5. July 14, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Actually, there’s a correlation: the more spirits are served, the more spirits are encountered 😉

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