By the time I got to see Blackpool for the first time I was already a teenager – and the battered old fashioned coast had lost it’s spark somehow.
The third day I was there I discovered a book on haunted Blackpool and I badgered my dad to purchase it for me.
This article covers a handful of the more interesting cases of paranormal activity in this famous English seaside destination.
The Grand Theater Spirits
The Victorian Grand Theater in Blackpool is home to a well known presence called Charlie.
Charlie has put in many appearances over the years ruining productions and pestering spectators.
He is thought to be the spirit of a young man who committed suicide in the theater after a young actress rejected him. He was apparently so heart broken he jumped to his death from one of the balconies.
The most famous encounter with Charlie came in 1980 when a play director sat watching proceedings from ‘Charlie’s balcony’. As he watched the rehearsal he felt a tapping on his shoulder – when he turned around there was nobody there!
The tapping continued throughout the performance yet every time the director turned around he was confronted by a row of empty seats!
Charlie is not the only spirit that walks the aisles of the Grand – former manager Thomas Sargentson has often been spotted keeping a weary eye on the newer employees.
The Village of Kilmigrol
Kilmigrol is a village off Blackpool Beach that was eaten up by the sea in the Dark Ages. Ever since it’s disappearance there have been paranormal reports linked to it’s inhabitants.
Whenever there is a sea front storm on Blackpool beach many local residents claim to hear tolling bells and melancholy shanties. From time to time ghostly lights can be seen shimmering on the horizon.
The Ghost Train
These days, the Ghost Train is a typical attraction found in most fairgrounds, but did you know that they originated from Blackpool Pleasure Beach?
In 1936, Blackpool Pleasure Beach opened its spooky ride and a few years later its name was changed to “ghost train”. This was the first ever Ghost Train ride of it’s kind!
For many decades a worker named Cloggy used to tend to the Train’s every need until he passed away in 1970. Cloggy’s devotion to the ride seems to have carried on even after his death.
Guests would often report being grabbed and touched by some unseen presence as they took on the ride. At first these guests thought is was part of the show – a worker hiding in the shadows to freak them out maybe?
When they disembarked the ride they were told that no such worker was employed inside the ride itself!
Several years ago a group of maintenance workers were carrying out a large batch of repairs on the ride when they heard terrifying moans ring out. They finished up their work as quickly as possible and turned the main lights off on the ride switchboard.
As they left the Pleasure Beach they noticed that the skull at the very top of the Ghost Train was still shining out a bright light.
They returned to the electrical switchboard and discovered that everything was shut off – the skull’s light remained on for several more hours throughout the night.
No one know’s how or why it was lit…
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