CCTV: Is Exmouth Rugby Club haunted?

PUBLISHED: 17:08 21 May 2013 | UPDATED: 16:06 24 May 2013

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Are ghostly goings-on at Exmouth Rugby Club the spirit of a former drinker who has returned to his favourite haunt?

Spooked staff at Exmouth Rugby Club have found an extra spirit behind the bar – the ghostly kind.

Bar staff believe the spirit of clubman Nigel Harris, who died three years ago, has returned to his favourite haunt.

Bar workers believe Nigel, 64, a customer of 30 years, has been ringing time from beyond the grave.

Club manager Frank Bright said other ghostly goings-on had spooked staff since Nigel’s death in July 2010.

Bar CCTV footage shows the bar bell apparently ringing itself, while no one is near.

Ghost sceptic Frank, 44, said the door of the glass washer opened itself this week and the voice of a man has been heard in and around the premises.

“It doesn’t happen all the time,” said Frank. “You never know when it’s going to happen.

“I am very sceptical. I don’t really believe in it; I can take it or leave it. I know what I think; it’s all explainable.”

Frank started working at the club around six months before Nigel’s death.

The club manager said he had not witnessed any ghostly activity prior to that.

Frank admitted the unexplained acts started soon after Nigel died and have occurred sporadically over the last three years.

Nigel was a regular at the club and today his photograph hangs in the lounge.

You hear voices going ‘hello’ or ‘woo hoo’. We have all heard them. It sounds like a geezer. It’s not scary,” added Frank.

“On Sunday the glass washer opened on its own while I was counting the cash by the till.”

Frank said the ghost also strikes when the bar is full – club CCTV footage shows scared staff giving the bar bell a wide berth when it began ringing during the Devonshire Cup Final against Barnstaple.

Barmaid Tasmyn Burns, 19, said the ringing bell made everyone jump.

“It was really being yanked with some force,” she said. “I thought someone may have been playing a joke. I was so shocked when I saw no one else was there.

“I don’t normally believe in ghosts but it’s quite hard not to after what happened. I have heard a few whispers of people saying it could be the spirit of Nigel.

“He was always in the bar and he did everything in the club, his picture is even hanging up in the lounge.”

To see the CCTV footage of the ghostly bell ringing, visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcvhtZYTjwM


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