Ghostly goings-on at Sidmouth shop

10:00 01 July 2014

Who

Who's Afraid of Ghosts? New Look shop manager Lisa Jordan with Zoe Cook outside the Fore Street shop this week. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 6928-26-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Archant

Ghostly goings-on plagued staff at a Sidmouth shop until they brought in a spiritualist – and now they hope they can get along with the restless soul.

Employees at New Look are convinced the store is haunted by a ghoul named Gladys whose conservative tastes means she disapproves of the stylish wares.

They faced slamming doors, smashing vases and spooky apparitions for three weeks until a medium stepped in and they now work happily with her.

“We haven’t seen her but we’ve all seen things out of the corner of our eye,” said one worker, Deej Helliker.

“The atmosphere was horrific at one point.”

He said a bolted door had been forced open on one occasion, and on another, flowers they left to show they respected the spirit had been stamped into the floor.

Naysayers told them some of the noises could a trapped seagull or the scaffolding work up the road, but they don’t buy it and say it fails to explain an ‘almighty bang’ or them feeling breath on their necks.

Deej said the paranormal activity began a few weeks ago, possibly because he and his colleagues are all new at the shop, but previous employees have not experienced anything spooky.

His mum, Linda, is the Exmouth medium who helped them make up with Gladys, and now the staff talk to her when they arrive and leave and have put down salt to purify the site.

“Mountain Warehouse is also haunted but we don’t know if it’s the same ghost.”

“The staff across the road in Fore Street say their poltergeist moves a mannequin and seems to only haunt the back of the shop – and it spiked at the same time as at New Look.”

Manager Sam Pople said: “You always catch things out of the corner of your eye. There’s been no banging but you just get the feeling that things have moved slightly, even when there’s no one in the shop.”

His colleague Charmaine Richens said she is not convinced but would be interested to find out if anything happened to cause the shop to be haunted.

Is anywhere else in Sidmouth haunted? Did a tragedy happen in any of the shops?

Do you believe in ghosts? Email sidmouth.letters@archant.co.uk.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sidmouth Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sidmouth Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sidmouth Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 15:07
Knotweed can cause financial, legal and technical implications.

The event will provide useful information on how to handle the plants.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:22
Protestors at Ottery Hospital

Campaigners have vowed to continue fighting for Ottery’s hospital beds after a public consultation on controversial plans ended.

Read more
Wed, 13:00
EDDC's Knowle HQ. Ref shs 7705-15-12SH Picture: Simon Horn

A specialist retirement community developer is lined up to buy the district council offices at Knowle, if the authority gives the go-ahead later this month.

Read more
Wed, 11:02
Barrel rolling as part of Beer Regatta Week. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shb 1105-33-14AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

New blood is being sought to join the ranks of the Beer Regatta committee for this year’s event.

Read more
The public bus currently makes a regular visit to Slade Close. Ref sho 7132-06-15SH. Photo Simon Horn

Ottery’s town bus has been saved after strong opposition was voiced over its proposed withdrawal – but funding is still needed to secure its long-term future.

Read more
Tue, 06:20
Marlene Coachman and Helen Gibson-West with their camper vans. Ref shs 3484-08-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

A one-woman campaign to lift the ban on campervans in Sidmouth’s central car parks spiralled into a town-wide debate this week, writes Eleanor Pipe.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read News

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition today E-edition



Devon's trusted business finder