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Posted by babafette on 03/09/2003 News by the same author

Ghostly goings-on in a Bermondsey pub are spooking out staff.

Several workers at The Leather Exchange have said they can feel a ghostly presence in the cellar. And the owner's daughter says she saw a curly-haired apparition in an upstairs room.

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The manager of the Leathermarket Street pub, Kate Tarkington, said the cellar was rumoured to have been used as a makeshift mortuary during the Second World War.

She added: "A few of the old regulars have told me that story and apparently there was a big raid nearby during The Blitz. "They said the bodies were laid out in the cellar when Guy's Hospital mortuary was full. "We had one member of staff down there who said he felt something brush
past him and another who flat refused to go down there, though I reckon he was just trying to get out of bottling up.

"It can be quite creepy down there, but I'm not worried about a ghost if there is one. "Round here I think it's the living not the dead you have to worry about!".

• Story by Robert Dex, taken from FarShores, 19 August 2003.

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