Ghostly goings on at Honiton pub

PUBLISHED: 14:55 09 September 2015

Ali Pilkington and Danni Rushe behind the bar at The Three Tuns. Ref mhh 3233-36-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Ali Pilkington and Danni Rushe behind the bar at The Three Tuns. Ref mhh 3233-36-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife


Three Tuns landlady calls in investigators

Ghostly goings-on at a Honiton pub have prompted its landlady to bring in a team of paranormal investigators to explore – the night before Hallowe’en.

Ali Pilkington, of The Three Tuns, says her staff have been scared stiff after sensing an other-worldly presence as they go about their day-to-day work.

She believes there is more to this than meets the eye, and has arranged for ghost hunters to try and communicate with the spirits on Thursday, October 30.

Speaking to the Herald, Ali said: “We have all sorts of stuff going on here – things have been thrown at us, inanimate objects from nowhere.

“Our names have been called, and one of our girls was locking up one night when she saw a man at the end of the bar wearing a long black cloak and top hat.

“One instance for me was on a Sunday night at 11.30pm. The bar closes at 10.30pm and usually the staff lock up and leave at 11pm. But at 11.30pm, I was upstairs and heard two people having a really loud conversation.

“I thought nothing of it until the next day when I queried it, but was told by one of my girls that they had locked up and left by 11pm.”

According to Ali, one member of her team received a black eye after she was poked by a spirit, while every now and then, glasses shatter with no-one around them.

But Ali is no stranger to spirits hanging around her, having owned three haunted pubs in the past. She says she makes sure to respect the spirits by introducing herself to them, and asking them to respect her.

And thanks to her staff, she has found out more about the pub’s main ghostly resident – a friendly spirit named John. Old and wrinkled in appearance, with a prominent hooked nose, John has scared members of staff by appearing in windows and calling out their names, says Ali.

“He has a got a sense of humour,” she added.

“I think he likes messing around with the women, he is just mischievous.”

The team from I Spy Ghosts, based in Newton Abbot, will be exploring The Three Tuns with Ali next month.

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