• Story by Rachel Eaton, taken from The South London Press, 29 March 2004.
They ain't afraid of no ghosts - or are they?
These Southwark College students have been busting ghosts in a spooky haunted cellar.
They have been researching the supernatural goings-on in the old cellar of the King's Arms pub, Peckham Rye, which is now a block of flats.
The group stayed the night in the dark cellar and witnessed some spooky happenings - before their nerves got the better of them.
They are making a documentary about the haunted cellar for their BTEC national diploma in media production.
The cellar used to be part of the pub on the junction of East Dulwich Road and Peckham Rye.
Southwark College student turned ghosthunter Melanie Devall said: "People used to shelter inside the pub's basement during the war, singing songs round a piano until December 27, 1940 when it was bombed with people sheltering inside. It is said the spirits of those killed during the war can still be heard singing Lili Marlene in the basement."
Melanie and her fellow students went to film in the basement last Thursday.
"We turned out all the lights and we planned to stay the whole night but we left after a loud bang.
"We heard music and we didn't know where it was coming from. It didn't sound like any music we had heard before.
"After that we decided we were going to leave and as we said it, the door to the electricity box flew open with a big bang.
"It has a weird feeling down there."
Melanie found the basement mentioned in a chat room and decided it would be perfect for the college project.
"We also interviewed a medium who went in there and talked to a lot of the spirits. All the people who died there came forward with messages for the people they left behind."
The group also say they saw the image of a face appear on a wall and suddenly disappear.
The documentary will be available on www.Southwark.tv in May.