Ghostly activity in Forest of Dean brought to TV
GHOSTLY goings-on in the Forest of Dean are being brought to the small screen in a series of documentaries.
TV host Michaela Strachan has been touring paranormal hotspots for Great British Ghosts, with three Dean locations set to steal the show.
She enlisted the expert help of Forest Paranormal Investigations which has been responding to reports of ghoulish activity in the area since forming two years ago.
The 12-part series, which is airing on the Yesterday channel, paid visits to Clearwell Caves, St Briavels Castle and The Angel Hotel in Coleford, as well as the New Inn in Chepstow.
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The Angel has been inhabited by spooky guests for as long as current manager Beccy Borck can remember.
"We've got a ghost who we call Fred who gets into bed with guests," she said. "He also messes with our phones, like we get internal calls at 4am when there's no-one else in the building.
"We're always hearing the sound of babies crying as well which has never been explained.
"Michaela Strachan actually came back after they had done the documentary to do one of the ghost hunts we have here and her cameraman was poked by something, it really freaked him out."
Forest Paranormal Investigations was set up in 2010 by friends Tim Gunter, Vicki Thornton, Adam Heath and Paula Heath.
They employ techincal methods to investigate paranormal activity and don't claim to be mediums.
Vicki said: "The Forest of Dean has a wealth of myths, legends and reported paranormal activity, owing to its ancient forest status.
"We have an ongoing case study with The Angel Hotel in Coleford, where we have had some amazing results, including some class A EVPs (electronic voice phenomena), telling us to "leave" numerous times, an unexplainable orb and communication with at least three separate entities.
"A member of our team had watched the first series of Great British Ghosts last year and thought the Forest would be perfect for the show, so he contacted Bruce Burgess, the director, and sent him a CD of some of our investigation evidence and suggestions of locations for the show."
The Forest locations feature in episode four on August 31 and episode seven on September 7.
In episode six, Ms Strachan said: "There is no doubt about it, the Forest of Dean is a great place for ghosts."