Ghost hunters have been called in to explain paranormal activities at a city-centre bar.
Spooky stories have long been told about Bolands Bar on Union Street, but landlord Phil Birks and wife Debbie didn’t really believe them until things started happening before their very own eyes.
Since the couple took over the pub three months ago, they have seen shadowy figures, watched glasses fly off the bar and smash and have even heard voices over the microphone long after closing time.
Some of the unexplained activity has even been caught on CCTV.
Mr Birks, 51, said: “I’ve worked with the owner of Bolands since I was a teenager, so I knew it was supposed to be haunted, but have always just laughed it off.
“After everything we’ve experienced though, it’s hard to dismiss it as nothing and we have video evidence now too.”
Light orbs were caught on seven of the pub’s 14 CCTV cameras during one night, hours after the last customer had left.
Mr Birks added: “We’d heard a voice over the microphone at around 4.25am and came down to investigate but there was nothing there.
“We made a note of the time so we could check the CCTV back the next day and we were amazed at the activity we saw. There were orbs of light whizzing about all over the place.”
Staff have also witnessed the strange happenings. Mr Birks added: “A few of us were having a drink one night after closing. There was no one else in the bar, but we saw a shadow of a person walk past out of the corner of our eyes.
“We’ve all seen glasses implode on the bar too. It’s not scary. Nothing bad has happened. It’s more mischievous behaviour than anything.”
Mr Birks is so determined find out who or what is behind the strange activity that he has called in paranormal investigators Night eyes, who are due to visit in the next few weeks.
Tony Lamb, who runs the non-profit organisation, said: “The CCTV footage is very interesting because the orbs don’t move in a way that can be easily explained.
“Most of the time when people say they can see orbs, it is nothing more than dust. This is definitely something different. We are really looking forward to this investigation.”