Haunted pool table? Balls are said to move on their own accord at Legends, Hope
It's not uncommon to hear stories about ghosts supposedly haunting old and historic properties. But aptly named Legends Bar & Restaurant, Hope, near Wrexham, which dates back to the 1700s, is said to have more than a dozen.
By Andrea Ellis
Andrea from North Wales Paranormal Group gives an account of a vigil at Legends in August 2009
The North Wales Paranormal Group had been invited back to investigate this location as the owner wanted more information about the intensity of hauntings at the premises and the number of spirits that might be there.
Although they didn't want them cleared from the premises, they wanted to know just who these spirits might be, and if the mediums could possibly provide information including dates and names for them.
The group had been looking forward to this investigation because of the paranormal activity experienced at the bar in a previous vigil and, yet again, we were not disappointed.
Locked off cameras had been placed in the pool room to catch any orb activity where, on our last visit, we experienced a great number of orbs moving around.
We also placed a locked off night vision camera in a bedroom - Room 10 - reputed to be the most haunted room at the premises. Cameras had been placed facing the passage leading to the bedrooms on the second floor.
All lights were switched off and within minutes we started to get orb activity in both rooms. We decided to split the teams up to go into each room.
In the pool room and, as before, pool balls had been placed over the pockets and down the centre of the table.
In the room two wooden cues that had been placed on a shelf knocked together. No one in the room had been standing by the shelf.
A pool ball moved but, unfortunately, it was not caught on camera, and again later in the night another ball also moved but was not recorded as the camera had been moved beforehand in order to film a séance in the kitchen area.
The two young men [spirits] that had been causing paranormal activity previously had given their names as Charles and Richard Turner, brothers aged around 16 and 17. It was thought they died in a car accident close to the bar in the 60s.
In Room 10 the group experienced a voice coming through on the walkie-talkie and it was that of a male.
The walkie-talkies continued to give our group technical problems most of the night. While using a K2 [electric magnetic] meter the lights would flash but remained erratic.
At times whistling could be heard by those in the bedroom. A noise which sounded like a wheeze was also heard.
We asked for the name of this spirit. A "young woman" gave the name Sally Ann Chesters.
Also during the night the camera was seen to move on its own with no one standing anywhere near it.
A séance was conducted in the restaurant area where, from a previous vigil, a "young man" by the name of Mark Anthony Williams had caused an old heavy oak table to shake and bounce.
It had moved across the restaurant floor until a wooden peg that was holding the leg together fell out and which, by the way, has never been found.
This time we asked straight away if Mark Anthony could move the same table again.
We thought we wouldn't get any activity but, after much cajoling, Mark obliged by firstly rocking the table gently and then rocking the table violently - until the leg of the table broke and which stopped the séance.
We moved the broken table away and replaced it. Mark Anthony and Richard, who was said to be his best friend, decided to stay with us because within minutes the table once again began to shake then move more violently until a candle on the table fell out of a candelabra and onto the table.
This movement of the table continued for quite some time and was exciting to say the least, before suddenly stopping, bringing the night's investigation to an end.
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