Ghosts galore on wearside Sue scott, a ghost hunter for the past 20 years, said: "Believing in life after death is a very personal thing.I suppose you could say i'm a sceptical believer. "I believe there is something more to it, more than what we understand at the moment.There just isn't the technology available to explain exactly what. " One of the most bizarre ghostly legends is that of the easington hare a mischievous animal who led hunters on long chases before turning into an old woman. But perhaps the best known of wearside's ghosts is the cauld lad of hylton thought to be the spirit of a stable boy slain at the castle in the 16th century. "I did my first 'sponsored spook' in hylton castle way back in the early 1980s and, although we didn't find the cauld lad, we did experience something strange that night,"Said sue. "One of the participants was found in a trancelike state outside, lying with his eyes wide open staring at the stars.After we managed to wake him, he thought we were joking. " Sue, 42, an offshore helicopter administrator from shotton colliery, is a founder member of the mysteries of the north paranormal investigation team. "I was a bit sceptical at first, i used to wonder if the strange things were in people's imaginations, but i am more open to it now,"She said. "I don't think that everything people experience is paranormal.I do think people will sometimes jump to conclusions as they just want to believe. " Spiritual visitors have been reported in dozens wearside pubs, museums, hotels and buildings and even at a dog rescue centre in county durham. But american magician james randi is so sceptical about most paranormal reports that he has issued a $1million challenge to find proof. Anyone who can provide evidence of the paranormal can collect the cash but noone in the 41 years since the challenge was issued has yet managed it. Sue said: "There is a famous saying 'absence of evidence is not evidence of absence' which i tend to agree with. "Just because we can't find any proof that something has happened, it doesn't mean it hasn't happened. North east aircraft museum, washington road, sunderland The museum is built on the site of raf usworth a training ground for pilots before and during world war two. "The area around the museum had more than its fair share of crash landings, partly due to inexperienced pilots and partly due to bad visibility caused by fog,"Said sue. Museum staff called in paranormal investigators earlier this year after a string of reports Cheap Mother of the Bride Dresses about strange occurrences. "During baseline tests i found some unusual readings which could not be explained by natural sources such as electrical cables etc,"Said sue. "The investigation showed the premises as Dresses homepage so active that it was decided to hold ghost watch events to raise money for the museum. " Although the castle is still owned by the lumley family, it has been used as a hotel since 1983, with both the rooms and staff adorned in period style. "Maybe this is the reason why its most famous ghost, lily of lumley, feels that time hasn't forgotten her,"Said sue.
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