Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ghosts Rise Up to Tackle the Hunt

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ghosts Rise Up to Tackle the Hunt

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Byline: By Tony Henderson

Peace and quiet seems to be increasingly hard to come by for the North-East's ghosts.

A frighteningly long line up of ghost-hunting organisations is busily monitoring and measuring the representatives of the region's spirit world.

They include Taps (The Answers People Seek), Ghost Investigators, The British Paranormal Alliance, Ghosts UK, Ghost Haunted, North-East Paranormal UK, Team Maynard and Otherworld North-East.

Otherworld's Tony Liddell has written a book based on his experiences of 16 overnight vigils over the last year in places in the region which have a reputation for ghostly goings on,.

Spooky tales associated with another 24 are included but have yet to be investigated.

Tony, who lives in Leadgate in County Durham, worked for eight years as a field archaeologist at Newcastle University and then on a Newcastle Libraries project which put thousands of old photographs on the web. He currently works as a technical writer with a Gateshead electronics company.

He has dedicated his book to "the efforts of all those ( living and dead ( who helped with field research."

He says: "You could say we are investigating the heritage of places in a different way. Steeped in legend and with a rich history that still leaves its mark on the landscape, the area should have a ghost in every corner."

Tools of the trade include dowsing rods and pendulums which measure magnetic changes in the air and earth, camcorders, cameras, electro-magnetic and ultrasound meters, electronic voice recorders, motion detectors, thermometers ( and mediums.

Tony says: "Paranormal investigation requires a serious mind, detailed research, and careful recording of results.

"What the investigator is looking for are environmental anomalies or changes that cannot be explained through rational means."

The vigils produced plenty of those, including sudden drops in temperature, moving lights, orbs of light and mists recorded on camera, bangs and bumps, footsteps and touching and prodding of investigators. …

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