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 Post subject: Hartlepool Ghost Hunt
PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 3:37 pm 
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NGI had a fascinating ghost investigation at Hartlepool Borough Hall yesterday. A number of guests reported paranormal activity, which included Craig getting shoved on the stage, Mark getting touched in the cupboard, Tracey getting tapped on the back outside the entrance, Bekki getting snarled at in the Mayor's Chamber and a door rattling in one of the rooms. A number of people also heard footsteps in empty locations throughout the venue.

I was able to communicate with a spirit called Atkinson, who was a Police officer who worked there. Another team also managed to make contact with a certain Theo Jones in the Dressing Room, who was a soldier.

One of the guests , Andy, asked me who Mark aka 'Doctor Phibes' is ?, as he said that he saw what he thought was a large shadow following him in one of the corridors.

An interesting night it was indeed, and another successful NGI investigation. The feedback I have received from the guests, has been quite fantastic.

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That's good to know. Our group was keen to try all sorts to get an experience which was good for us all. :D

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I thought this one had been cancelled??????????

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No, it was the Hartlepool Town Hall that was cancelled, on the 21st


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Can people take a look at these photo's I took in the Bar area, The original photo, I can't see anything, other than a slight blur, which i have marked in the second, then in the next I have cropped it, and in the final once I have tinted the colour, I can see something quite interesting.... Does anyone else see it or am I seeing things?

Might just be me, so id appreciate it if you could have a look and see if you can see what i see, if it is then it ties into what some people experienced during the night. I wont say what i see, that way i wont sway your minds.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 10:23 pm 
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Cant see nowt Bekki? Just slight reflection on stonework.

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nope me neither bekki,have to agree with lee on tis one hunny.
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lol must be me then, I was sure I could see a soldiers head, with a helmet on. But only on the last one after I tinted it, it stood out.

Oh well guess Im seeing thing...... :lol: :lol: :lol:


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Can anyone rember what James partner was called (You know the couple who were in my group, who have been out a with us a few times and always have loads of camera exipment etc)


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Has anyone got any history on this place, to see if any of the stuff that was picked up tallys up, Anyone know where we can find names etc, like that copper Dell picked up and the soldier in the dressing room.


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lol must be me then, I was sure I could see a soldiers head, with a helmet on. But only on the last one after I tinted it, it stood out.

Oh well guess Im seeing thing...... :lol: :lol: :lol:


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I agree that its just a reflection in the marble type material on the fireplace. Probably a reflection of the flash itself.

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One of the guests , Andy, asked me who Mark aka 'Doctor Phibes' is ?, as he said that he saw what he thought was a large shadow following him in one of the corridors.


It's becoming a bit of a habit of mine having Shadowy figures following me around. First the Tontine and now this. I may have picked up an entity or something - exciting! :D

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doktor_phibes wrote:
Dell wrote:
One of the guests , Andy, asked me who Mark aka 'Doctor Phibes' is ?, as he said that he saw what he thought was a large shadow following him in one of the corridors.


It's becoming a bit of a habit of mine having Shadowy figures following me around. First the Tontine and now this. I may have picked up an entity or something - exciting! :D



It might just be your shadow too though ;)

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"Me and my Shadow, walking down the avenue....... tra la la"
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I arrived at 8.52pm at the Borough Hall, so therefore I was locked outside until the caretaker came and let me. Due to this, I missed the pre - investigation tour of the venue.

It was during the group wander, that Andy spotted a dark figure following Mark. I asked him if it could of been his shadow ? and he replied, " no chance. It was a black shadow that followed him when we were in the Ballroom ".

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Sorry Bekki. I cannot see any thing paranormal in the photos you have posted. The bar itself, I thought, had a relaxed atmosphere.

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I must admit that I did see a shadow move on the balcony of the ballroom myself later in the investigation. I was alone on the balcony at the time. It seems like a lot of people saw 'shadows' in the ballroom.

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Yeah, I saw a number of shadows "running" about .. especially when I was up on the balconey and looking down (everyone was up there at the time and nobody down below). They were darting around constantly - tall & thin (I don't want to say "people" shaped!!) and yes, just in the ballroom.

The only light source came through the doors from the bar and yet these shadows could be seen on the opposite side from the doors and given the size of the ballroom - nigh on impossible to be caused by someone down below walking in front of the light (the people would have been seen anyway) and up on the balconies where there was no direct light.

For me - it was the ballroom that was the most active. Numerous people spotted a dark "shadow" figure standing to the side of the stage which seemed to come and go as the night went on and then our group got the spooks put up us when it seemed "someone" followed us behind the stage curtains and actually moved them after we'd exited as we heard the big iron weight (there to stop them moving by themselves) scrape along the stage exactly has it had done for us when we'd pushed ourselves past.

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Sounds good.


I often see dark figures in the dark, areas that appear darker than others. I have come to the conclusion that its just a side effect of looking into the dark for long periods. I have also read that some of the training for the SAS includes taking breaks to avoid this kind of thing.

Might be worthwhile looking into this and to see if theres any logical explanation for seeing movement in the dark. I'll have a look around because its an event we can both relate too.

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I don't usually see shadows out of the corner of my eye and I spend a lot of time in the dark. It's funny that the one place that I did, quite a few others did as well.

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The ballroom itself wasn't actually dark - ok, it wasn't light - but not "dark dark" like most other rooms are. The lights in the bar were on and a small light on a little walkway to stop people falling down a step and if the ballroom wasn't so big (I dunno ... 200 foot by 100 foot? maybe even bigger) this light would light the place up like a cosy living room. As it was so big and only this light lighting the place - it got darker and darker the further from it but nowhere in here was "dark dark".

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doktor_phibes wrote:
I don't usually see shadows out of the corner of my eye and I spend a lot of time in the dark. It's funny that the one place that I did, quite a few others did as well.




Funny you should mention corner of your eye.


The retina contains two major types of light-sensitive photoreceptor cells: the rods and the cones.

Rods cannot distinguish colors, but are responsible for low-light black-and-white (scotopic) vision; they work well in dim light as they contain a pigment, visual purple, which is sensitive at low light intensity, but saturates at higher (photopic) intensities. Rods are distributed throughout the retina but there are none at the fovea and none at the blind spot. Rod density is greater in the peripheral retina than in the central retina.

Cones are responsible for color vision. They require brighter light to function than rods require. There are three types of cones, maximally sensitive to long-wavelength, medium-wavelength, and short-wavelength light (often referred to as red, green, and blue, respectively, though the sensitivity peaks are not actually at these colors). The color seen is the combined effect of stimuli to, and responses from, these three types of cone cells. Cones are mostly concentrated in and near the fovea. Only a few are present at the sides of the retina. Objects are seen most sharply in focus when their images fall on this spot, as when one looks at an object directly. Cone cells and rods are connected through intermediate cells in the retina to nerve fibers of the optic nerve. When rods and cones are stimulated by light, the nerves send off impulses through these fibers to the brain.


In the martial art Ninjutsu, students are told in order to see better in the dark, get lower than what you are trying to see. This may work by silhouetting objects against light from the moon and stars.

For best vision, allow plenty of time to adjust to seeing in the dark. It typically takes about 20 to 30 minutes for your eyes to fully adjust to dark conditions

Be aware that nicotine may diminish your ability to see in the dark. It may be a good idea to avoid cigarettes, even second-hand smoke, when you need to see in the dark.

Taking Vitamin A supplementaly can help increase or retain an eyes photosensitivity.

Avoid looking directly at light sources while navigating in the dark. Even if you aren't looking at them directly, light sources close to your face will diminish night vision. For example, if you are smoking, the red/orange glow in front of you provides enough light to cause your pupils to contract, therefore killing your night vision. Similarly, you will not see much if you're wearing a miner's helmet with a light or carrying a flashlight (excluding what's illuminated by the beam of light itself, of course).

Special Forces use the technique of squeezing their eyes shut tightly for ten seconds - once they are in the dark. While the technique can seem effective, scientific studies have not proved it works. This may be a case where the brain and belief override normal physical reactions.

In World War II, Soviet Specops used this technique: eating a piece of sugar some time before going out in the dark and lighting their open eyes with a red flashlight for approximately 10 seconds.
Different people have different levels of ability in night vision. While these techniques can help you reach your full potential, your full potential may not be as great as that of others.

Look through binoculars. They will gather and intensify available light.

Look for shapes, not colors. In tall grass, look for horizontal lines that stand out against the vertical grass. These will indicate an obstacle/target.

When moving around in the dark, it is safer to move slowly and slide your feet, using your toes to sense obstacles in front of you. You're most stable when you have both feet on the ground, and are less likely to trip and sprain, or even worse, break something. Also, if you put your arms out to feel where you're going, cross them at your wrists and form a circle with your elbows out to the sides, thus helping you to keep your balance while avoiding walking into a post, tree trunk or edge of an open door.

An illuminated watch dial can be a handy source of very-low-power light.

Driving at night presents special challenges, especially in very dark places like mountain roads. Headlights from oncoming cars can really degrade your night vision. Look at the white line on your side of the road to maintain a safe course without having to stare into some one's high beams.

The fashionable eye patch worn by the pirates weren't always due to the loss of an eye. In fact, many pirates did it so that the one eye was good at seeing in the dark.

Stargazing programs often have an option to make the screen red, because red does not affect your rod cells. So, you can look at red light forever and still see in the dark well.

There's an urban legend about carrots helping one to see in the dark. This was the information extracted by German soldiers from captured Allied pilots back in World War II, to hide their use of new British radar technology. There is some truth to this legend. The protein rhodopsin found in the eye breaks down into retinal and opsin when exposed to light and reforms when back in the dark. Retinal is made up of vitamin A which is found in carrots and many other foods. A severe lack of vitamin A in the diet may result in night blindness[4], but extra vitamin A will not help one see better than normal.

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I had a brilliant night, picked up a soldier in the dressing room (Theo Jones), got the feeling of Monks in a number of places on the ground floor, heard a sound coming from the same directionat the same time that Phil saw a shadow cross the corridor, we both responded at the same time.

Got a lot from the stairs that were blocked off, loads of energy, reddy, orange glow and whistleing noise and a smell of sulphur. As well as monk and a sandsone wall.

A flicker just below the level of the fire-place in the large room in area 3, one of my group (Craig) was pushed on the stairs, and something snarled at me from theclosed door in the magistrates.


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Does anyone know where I can find anything on who died at Hartlepool etc, Tried the thisishartlepool site but got very little.

Has anyone tried themselves yet?


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