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‘Ghostbuster’ reporter spends night at ‘haunted’ club

A weekly newspaper reporter spent the night as a “ghostbuster” after joining a paranormal team investigating a “haunted” building.

Enfield Independent journalist Hermione Wright spent the night at the Royal British Legion club in Holtwhite’s Hill, Chase Side, with the North London Paranormal Investigation squad.

The group wanted to look into local rumours that the former fire station is haunted by two spirits – fireman Fred who was run over by a truck and a woman who fell down a fireman’s pole during a party.

Hermione, pictured left with the group’s  chief investigator Mickey Gocool, was at the club from 9pm until 3.30am but was unconvinced there were ghosts in the building and said she left there a cynic.

In an article about the experience, she wrote: “This was out of my comfort zone. I cry at horror films, and with my closest reference point to the supernatural being a grandmother who believes in fairies, I didn’t know what to expect.

“I dressed in dark clothing – trying my best to exude a gothic aura, grabbed my notepad, some mixed nuts, a pack of candles (just in case the dark got too much), and made my way.

“9pm: I arrived at the club, meeting chief investigator and former policeman Mickey Gocool and the rest of his crew on the first floor.

“Mickey says he doesn’t know why but he is ‘sensitive’ to spirits. A party was in full flow in the ground floor of club, with the loud retro tunes and cheery crowd going some way to calm my nerves.”

Hermione continues: “12am: The witching hour. We traipsed back upstairs and switched off the lights. Toni and Mickey used their devices to tempt the spirits to ‘reveal themselves.’ They said they felt the presence of former club members Patricia and Patrick.

“I’m sure they did, but the silly little cynical journalist that I am felt and saw nothing. Someone jumped when bubble wrap fell from the wall, and another complained of having cold legs – to me, doubting Thomas, I needed more solid proof.

“Mickey knew I was underwhelmed so he tried to use his powers to tell me my middle-name. I had my fingers crossed, I really wanted him to guess it. Sadly, he thought it was Jane and that’s nowhere near Leslie Anne.”

Her full article can be read here.


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  • October 31, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I went on two investigations with a team of paranormal investigators for my university magazine. One of them was to a secret underground bunker which was never used during the war and has since been turned into a museum. Why they thought there would be spirits in a bunker that was never used, I’m not sure. I also never got to the bottom of why their investigations always had to be done at night.

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  • October 31, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Fireman Fred, run over by a truck and a party girl who fell down a fireman’s pole! Whatever happened to headless horsemen and grey ladies who walk through walls? You just can’t get the quality of ghost these days. meanwhile was it coincidence that Hermione chose mixed nuts as her midnight snack of choice?

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  • October 31, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Reporter goes on ghost hunt and doesn’t see one shocker.

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