Spooky sightings at a ‘ haunted ‘ bingo hall have sparked the interest of paranormal investigators.
A young ‘ghost child’ called Jamie, a grey lady and a phantom bird were all sighted at the hall in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, enthusiasts claim.
Paranormal orb-like floating objects were also caught on camera, say a group of experienced ghost hunters.
Spectre Detectors spent an evening searching for spirits in the Hippodrome Bingo Club, along with some of the hall’s staff.
Led by Elaine Kelly, the mediums set up cameras in order to capture as much paranormal movement as possible throughout the venue.
The group also took pictures during the evening, and captured a number of things including an mysterious image of what seems to be a young boy wearing shorts – which the medium, Debra Chalmers, said was called Jamie.
Elaine, who spends a lot of time carrying out paranormal investigations in various historic buildings, called it an “amazing night” in which more activity was discovered than she ever expected.
The 42-year-old said she knew little about the venue before the evening but bingo club staff had mentioned a “grey lady” to her in advance.
She added: “Members of staff, both old and new, knew that there was something paranormal there.
“They had heard the electronic bingo board go off on it’s own and one of the old cinema seats would flip up and down.
“The whole evening was recorded and we captured a lot.
“There were a lot of names mentioned and although we still don’t know exactly who the grey lady was, we think she might have been called Eleanor and was an actress and singer.
“We don’t know much about the little boy in the photo either, but it is very clear – the medium connected him to the name Jamie.
“Most of it was names and picking up light but we did get a strong smell of TCP at one point, which makes us think the site might have been a hospital at some point.
“There is not a lot of history out there to validate all of what we found but I imagine the names will mean something to people from the area.”
Elaine also said that the group discovered spirits who sat in specific seats and others looking over the balcony.
They also caught a bird flying about on camera, which appears to vanish into the wall.
Signor Pepi, the man who built the venue, was also picked up by the group of psychic mediums.
The Grade 2 listed building was originally opened as The Hippodrome Theatre in December 1909.
It was designed by Darlington architect JJ Taylor, with George W Ward of the architectural firm Owen & Ward.
Films were part of the variety bill from the early days and in 1920, after alterations by architect William Stockdale, it became a full time cinema, renamed Hippodrome Picture House.
It was taken over by the Newcastle-based Essoldo group of cinemas in 1947 and renamed Essoldo but closed as a cinema in 1966.
It was converted into a Lucky Bingo Club and later operated as a Top Rank Bingo Club.
Now Hippodrome Bingo Club, it is owned by Majestic Bingo Limited.
Elaine added: “It is a bit of a wacky story, but the reason we went to the bingo hall was because a few weeks prior, Debra had been in paranormal contact with my grandmother.
“My grandmother told us to go to the bingo hall and I never hesitated.
“The staff were so nice understanding and they couldn’t wait to get involved – it was a fantastic night.”
Elaine said Spectre Detectors is about respecting the spirits and exploring who is there by capturing what they can on camera and talking to them.
It is believed that this was the first paranormal investigation carried out on the Hippodrome building.