• Story taken from The Lincolnshire Free Press, 15 June 2004.
A lost little boy and a Victorian woman were among spirits to make contact with paranormal investigators in a village pub.
Those brave enough to stay behind after closing time at the Red Lion Inn, Gedney Hill, on Tuesday last week were delighted by paranormal activity.
Landlady Cilla Stanley said that the evening, which was hosted by Project Ghost Hunt, was brilliant and now plans to check out the information which was uncovered.
She told the Lincolnshire Free Press: "They found several ghosts and have given us some names, dates and other things. We are going to check them out with the local church registers.
"It was very enjoyable and very convincing. Quite a few people stayed behind to support us."
Nottingham-based Project Ghost Hunt decided to carry out investigations at the 14th century inn as part of its nationwide paranormal pub investigation tour.
One of the founder members Mick Garner hailed the evening a resounding success.
He said that the session was a basic introduction to ghost hunting and gave local people the chance to get involved.
He said: "It was absolutely fantastic. Around 13 people stayed behind, which was excellent.
"We find that a lot of people are sceptical but we had some people moved to tears and others said afterwards that they had changed what they had thought and now believed in ghosts."
Mr Garner said one of the most unusual things to happen on the night was when two villagers made contact with the same boy, who was described as wearing breeches and a flat cap and had travelled there by train.
He said: "During the seance we got quite a lot of information from him. His name was Timmy or Tommy and he had come over from Ireland on a large boat with his parents.
"They had gone to London and travelled to Lincolnshire by train. Somewhere along the line he got lost and ended up at the Red Lion Inn.
"When he was contacted it was felt that he was unhappy and wanted to move on."
Mr Garner said that the process was not an exorcism but with help from the medium local people were able to guide the spirit to move to the next stage.
He said the figure of a Victorian woman, which some pub customers have claimed to have seen, was that of Jean Simmonds.
Mr Garner said: "We think she was quite important - a chargehand or businesswoman - and she used the pub as a meeting place to do her business."
Pub owners Cilla and David Stanley were intrigued by a moving chair in the bar and Mr Garner said that he believed this was the work of the spirit of Frank Appleby.
He said: "He's got quite a sense of humour. During the seance he was said to be laughing when asked about the chair and found it quite amusing. We found out that he was 82 years old, a tall man and was wearing grey and was a curate in around the 1920s."
The team used equipment, including electromagnetic field metres (EMF), digital thermometers, night vision cameras and motion detectors, to check for paranormal activity.
A number of other sessions, including past life regressions, were also held.
The findings from the overnight experiment were filmed and the team now plans to put together a video for the pub to keep.
Mr Garner said that the group would also be researching the information it had discovered before embarking on the rest of its tour which next sees it at the Green Dragon, Ryhall, near Stamford, today (Tuesday).
To find out more about the group log onto www.projectghosthunt.co.uk