25 May 2010
Ghosts turn up at Helston tourist attraction
There has been some strange goings on at a tourist attraction in Helston with a number of people being involved not least those from beyond the grave or so it seems.
Spooky it may be but according to the South West Paranormal Team there is evidence of friendly spirits at Flambard’s Victorian Village.
An investigation team from the group has reported that as many as seven spirits, four of them children, are attached to objects displayed at the Helston attraction.
The team was invited to visit the exhibition by Flambards’ managers after several members of staff reported unexpected activity when they were working in the village, particularly after closing.
A team of five, led by psychic, Barry Norman, were given full access to the Victorian Village from closing time at 4pm until 1.30am the next morning.
Flambards managing director, James Kingsford-Hale, said: “We were interested to know what they would find - particularly upstairs in the house exhibit where one member of staff has heard the piano playing. Their team was extremely efficient and professional, with some unusual and interesting kit.”
The equipment the team used included a night vision camera, a laser thermometer used to measure fluctuations in background temperatures - thought to indicate paranormal presence - and an Electromagnetic Field Meter.
As the investigation progressed the equipment and experiences of team members, including a strong smell of roses, suggested there was reason to believe there were spirits in the village. Mr Norman decided to hold a seance to see if he could support the evidence. During that seance the team believes it made contact with four spirits.
The first, David Edwards, told the team he was 46 when he died in 1968 but was unwilling to say anything else other than he was happy in the village.
The second, Caroline Hollsworthy, said she died in 1907, aged 66. She is attached to a pair of brown shoes in the shoe shop, which were hers and she loved them. She originally came from London but was happy at Flambards.
Caroline revealed she was responsible for the strong smell of roses experienced by the team, it was her favourite scent. Caroline also confirmed there were six other spirits in the village including four children.
The first child to talk to the team was Cynthia who died in 1923 aged eight. She explained she liked playing with the doll’s house in the nursery and was happy in the village, especially as there were three other spirit children including 10-year-old Frankie, who is shy.
The team asked Frankie if he would talk to them and although he was silent for some time he eventually confirmed he had died of influenza in 1909 and was connected to the village by a tall tin in Birch and Birch. He used it to keep his marbles in, they were his prize possession. He said he used to live in Camborne, but liked the Victorian Village.
Barry said: “It was really interesting and certainly very different in the Victorian Village after dark. There is a lot of activity there but nothing upsetting or unpleasant. There are spirits connected to objects but the place isn’t actually haunted.”
John said: “We’ve invited Barry and his team to come back to Flambards to look at the Victorian distortion mirrors in the Exploratorium. They date back to the early 1900s and we’re interested to know what memories they contain.”