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Ghosts, but Celebrities.
Quote:Pluckley, Kent, home to the polite, Home Counties type of phantom, fears TV show Celebrity Haunted Hotel Live might attract the wrong sort of ghost hunter

Quote:In Britain’s most haunted village, it’s not the ghosts making the residents nervous this Halloween – it’s the celebrities they attract.

Despite living with up to 16 ghosts, residents of Pluckley, Kent, are more uneasy about the imminent apparition of 17 celebrities for the TV show Celebrity Haunted Hotel Live.

They fear attention generated by the likes of footballer’s wife and TV presenter Christine Lampard, Cold Feet star John Thomson and Richard and Judy’s daughter Chloe Madeley might attract the same kind of rogue ghost hunting “nitwits” who visited the village after it featured on Top Gear.

The anti-social behaviour of some misguided Clarkson, May and Hammond fans in 2004 was especially unwelcome because investigations by The Independent have established that Pluckley is in fact frequented by the polite, Home Counties type of spectral inhabitant.

The Tudor Lady restricts her ghostly moaning to between the hours of 4pm and 5pm, (roughly the time she killed herself); in death the watercress woman is a quiet misty presence, seemingly much reformed from the gin-soaked alcoholic she was in life.

And the Black Horse pub’s resident ghost always makes sure to replace the items he temporarily ‘borrows’.

These, then, are quiet souls – albeit restless and doomed to roam the Earth in torment for eternity - not the vulgar, headless type who keep the neighbours up all night with their noisy chain rattling.

Even the ‘Screaming Man’, while reliving that fatal accident at the old brickworks, has never screamed loudly enough to prompt complaints to the parish council.

“Happily, we have some interesting things to discuss, but not that,” confirmed parish council vice-chairman Martin Newman.

Mr Newman, 70, a retired marketing director, revealed, however, that the parish council had “mixed feelings” about its decision to grant permission for the W channel to film from Thursday evening until October 31, Halloween night, at the Elvey Farm Country Hotel. (15th Century, haunted – but by a ghost who only whispers.)

Mr Newman explained that while most ghost hunters were “good news” for the local pubs and bed and breakfasts where they spent money, a few had caused problems.

“It’s just a small minority who get a bit carried away – the same as most people go to enjoy a football match but you always get the occasional nitwit.”
We all believe in something greater than ourselves. Even if it's just the blind forces of chance. Ambassador G'Kar.

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