This is probably one pub lock-in you wouldn’t want to be involved in.
For when last orders is called at Poulton’s Grapevine pub tonight there will be a team of very unusual huntsman preparing for work.
The Market Square pub has caught the eye of Fylde coast-based Paranormal Intent who are eager to unearth the truth behind some grim ghostly tales.
Equipped with just a camera and a lot of confidence, the five man team hope to come in to contact with the ghosts of two men who committed suicide inside the bar. Folklore has it that one man hanged himself from beams above the bar around 200 years ago and another, Billy Vickers, shot himself in the pub’s cellar in the early 1960s.
Abi Woodcock, 41, runs the bar with her husband, Darren.
She said: “When we bought the place six years ago lots of people told us to keep our eyes open for things happening because it’s a funny place.
“When I first moved in here I didn’t like being by myself.
“I was trying to get downstairs one day and I heard someone banging the cellar like they were trying to get out.
“We also had a carpet fitter who was working upstairs and right behind him there was a passageway which members of staff didn’t like to walk through. He said he suddenly felt all the hairs on the back of his neck stand up and it felt like someone had poured a glass of ice cold water on him.”
Mrs Woodcock also claims she heard her daughter talking to someone in the bar when she was alone.
When the landlady questioned her daughter, she said she was speaking to a woman called Katie who only came out when Mrs Woodcock was not around.
Gaz Coward, 26, from Birchwood Drive, Hambleton, certainly does not live up to his name.
He says he will do anything possible to tempt the spirits out of their hiding places in the hope of capturing it for his latest DVD.
He added: “If this lives up to the hype we will be able to find something.
“I push the boundaries and taunt them (the spirits).
“I use the energy of my body and if they want to take me over and throw me down the stairs then I’ll let them do it.
“We have a historian looking into the history of the building and she has found records going back to 1752.
“A lot of the building burnt down in 1752 and the beams in here are original.”
Graham Norwood, from Poulton, is a regular in the bar and will join the investigation.
He said: “I’ve heard a few stories about this building in the past and we’re investigating if there’s any paranormal connection to them.
“I’m not nervous, I’m excitedly curious about it and open to all possibilities.”