Will fort give up ghostly secrets?

FOUR east coast forts are to battle it out to see which is the spookiest - a mission to find the most haunted.

FOUR east coast forts are to battle it out to see which is the spookiest - a mission to find the most haunted.

The all-night paranormal probes will start at Felixstowe's Landguard Fort, which has a reputation for ghostly goings on.

Organisers are hoping to attract people to come to each event and believe there will be some who want to do all of them, spending 28 hours waiting for spooks and spectres to thrill and chill.

Event manager Ian Shillito said: “This is the first time a public ghost hunting event of this magnitude has ever been attempted.

“All the forts involved are reputed to suffer from a plethora of ghost sightings and paranormal activity and we are very excited to be holding vigils in these terrifying forts.

“We are hoping the public will join us for the complete month long battle.”

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In a series of experiments, vigils and data logging, ghost hunters will endeavour to discover the most haunted fort.

“There are literally thousands of ghost hunting groups out there every weekend searching for the truth behind the supernatural and they all offer the same schedules,” said Mr Shillito.

“We at the London Paranormal Society try to create unique events by offering the public something different.

“We include people in the investigation as much as possible, encouraging them to be pro-active during the vigils, and chatting to them during the breaks. Not only are our events ghost hunts they are also social outings where like-minded people can meet and make friends.”

The event for over 18s at Landguard is set to take place on May 2 from 9pm to 4am.

There will then be similar events at Harwich Redoubt on May 9, the notorious Coalhouse Fort in East Tilbury May 16 and finally in the terrifying tunnels of Fort Amherst in Chatham on May 23.

The night will consist of a welcome meeting, brief talk about ghosts and spirits, group and lone vigils, and psychic experiments with experienced psychics and investigators. There will be a chance to monitor ghost hunting gadgets throughout the night.

For more details call 07982 230 208.

Have you seen a ghost at Landguard? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

FASTFACTS: Spine-tingling Landguard

The ghost of the first ever soldier to be killed in action at the fort during World War Two was witnessed immediately after his death, terrifying his fellow colleagues.

The image of a sailor has also been seen looking out of a window - even seen from the road outside.

A Musketeer who was said to be the only soldier killed in the battle when the Dutch attacked the fort in 1667 during the last invasion of England by a foreign force. He only seems to appear when the country is in danger.

Regular haunting replays the death of a Portuguese woman who was driven so insane by her soldier husband's death by firing squad in 1757, that she committed suicide by throwing herself off the ramparts.

The victim of an infectious plague who was locked in the bastion in 1770 and left to die a slow, a horrible death.

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