A group of intrepid ghost hunters are looking for haunted Potteries premises to investigate.
Paul Chetwynd, Mark Price and Barbara Lovatt make up Ghosts on Trent, which is gaining a loyal following on social media.
The Stoke-on-Trent-based trio post videos of their investigations on YouTube and have already reached the milestone of 15,000 views.
Now they want people to contact them with ideas for locations in the local area, like pubs, where they would be able to look for paranormal activity.
Paul, aged 33, has been interested in the paranormal since he was 15, when he says he had a frightening experience at Middleport Pottery.
He said: “I was doing some work there and I was in a room with a security guard, my brother and his friend. The room went freezing cold and it was like there was blue sheeting hanging down, separating the room. That lifted up and then plates smashed right next to us.
“It was scary, it knocked me back for about two weeks. But it started my interest in that sort of thing.”
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After spending time researching paranormal phenomenon and paying to go on various ghost hunts – which Paul said were ‘disappointing’ – he discovered workmate Mark Price, of Biddulph, shared his interest.
Warehouse operative Paul, of Fegg Hayes, said: “We decided to pull our own team together. We set up Ghosts on Trent in August last year. We needed a psychic medium and had been talking to Barbara Lovatt, from Blythe Bridge, on Facebook. She said she was interested and came aboard.”
The group have posted videos of various locations including Manchester, Cannock Chase and, most recently, an old school in Nottingham. Paul said: “Me and Mark will go out in the day to check the location is safe for the night time. We don’t tell Barbara where we are going before we pick her up.
“I’m very sceptical of mediums, but Barbara can pick things up like names and what’s happened there, which turns out to be true. We’ve had lots of activity like noises, a whistle, footsteps. We’ve heard girls screaming in the woods. It’s all there on the videos.
“It can get scary, but it’s a thrill.”
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Paul says Stoke-on-Trent, with its rich history and many historical buildings, is a prime place for investigations. “I would love to do Hanley Town Hall and the Potteries museum. Burslem is a big one for me, there are a lot of empty buildings and the history there is amazing. There is a lot of potential there.
“We would like people to get in touch with us if they suspect any paranormal activity where we could do an investigation. We are not out to make a profit – eventually, we would like to do charity events and raise money to keep our city heritage safe.”
Ghosts on Trent can be contacted through its social media pages, including Facebook.