A dad believes he has filmed a landlady’s ghost having a Christmas drink after capturing shocking footage of a bible and cushion moving on their own.
In the video Sean Reynolds, 34, can be seen urging the ghost to make herself known before alarms on the dad’s paranormal detection equipment start to go off.
Suddenly ghost hunter Sean felt a blast of ice cold air whisk past him before a camera set up in an adjoining room picked up spine-tingling footage of a cushion and bible visibly being moved.
Dad-of-two Sean believes the seemingly unexplainable encounter was the ghost of the pub’s old landlady Betty settling down for a festive tipple.
Sean, of Liverpool, Merseyside, said: “During the investigation of the pub, our cameraman Paul was investigating in the cellar while I was investigating the main bar and calling out for Betty to make contact from the other side.
“I could hear strange noises coming from all around the pub and I couldn’t explain what they were.
“I had also setup a paranormal experiment and a locked off camera in a corner of the pub which was Betty’s favourite place to sit.
“A cross, glass of spirit and a candle had been set into flour to see if anything would move in the hopes we’d catch it on camera.
“I also placed a bible, which was owned and signed by Betty, with the other items.
“Near the experiment was, I attached a proximity sensor to the tray, which would go off if anything went near any of the items.
“To my surprise during my investigation I felt an icy cold blast of air rush past me and moments later the alarm on the equipment started to go off.
“I rushed over to see what it was and couldn’t see anything – but that was only until I reviewed the footage caught on the other camera.
“What I had caught sent chills down my spine with excitement. On the locked off camera, as the equipment alarms can be heard, a cushion appears to move all on its own.
“I can’t find any rational explanation for this and I was so excited to see that we had caught what was potentially Betty moving a psychical object on camera.
“To top it off, again while I had been investigating in a section of the bar, I asked Betty to blow the candle out on the table but Betty had gone one further – moving the bible and tapping on the table.
“This was one paranormal investigation that I will never forget. Capturing multiple paranormal occurrences on camera was amazing and something I have never seen before.
“Perhaps Betty was getting in the Christmas spirit and had sat in the corner ready to drink our drink and read her favourite book.
“It certainly got the whole crew excited to have witnessed a happy Christmas spirit.”
TV producer and presenter Sean captured the starling video while investigating the Owd Betts pub in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, for his hit Amazon series Ghost Dimension.
Owd Betts was built in 1796 by Richard and Mary Ashworth as a local hostelry and handed over to their son John Ashworth and his wife Betty in the mid-1800s.
Once the Hare and Hound, the Owd Betts got its current name in 1869 after John passed away and the alehouse was passed to Betty, who ran it until her death in 1893.
Pub-goers and staff have reported sightings of a ghostly woman walking around the building after house and moving glasses behind the bar.
The sound of a woman tutting as if she disapproves and footsteps have also been heard by people in the pub, according to Sean.
The pub’s website states: “It is believed that Betty may still keep an eye on her pub today as many staff members have reported strange happenings and regularly hearing footsteps.”
Sean’s first encounter with the spirit world was when he was 15 and woke in the middle of the night to the ghost of a ‘big fella’ sat on the end of his bed wearing a lumberjack jacket and stroking his dog.
But the dad didn’t explore the spirit world again until he moved into a house in a cemetery with his partner Rebecca Palmer, 34.
The paranormal-obsessed parents now live in a house in a working cemetery with their daughters Isabella Palmer-Reynolds, six, Darcy Palmer-Reynolds, three, and four-month-old Ella Palmer-Reynolds.
Sean said: “It all started when I was 15. I remember waking up and my dog Sam was asleep on the end of my bed and when I moved the cover I could see this guy sat stroking him.
“A big ghostly fella and he was wearing a lumberjack jacket. Being a teenager I just pulled the cover over my head and went back to sleep.
“But when I told my mum the next day, she told me it sounded exactly like someone she knew who had died.
“I never stopped believing but I didn’t get back into exploring the paranormal properly until I met Rebecca.”