Bay Roberts municipal building haunted?
Stories shared of ghostly presence in structure built on old cemetery
If you’ve ever been to the Bay Roberts municipal building at night, you may have experienced something a little off.
Over the years, there have been numerous reports of strange occur- rences from employees, visitors and others.
It appears the place could be haunted.
These occurrences have ranged from strange feelings and noises to a face appearing in the windows of the upper levels. It is because of this that there are current councillors who will not venture into the building alone at night because of the reports.
The soul chilling accounts are commonplace since the town moved into the cable building in 2000.
Old employees have reported seeing shadows walking down hallways and being brushed against when no one was around.
Town staff has dubbed their guest the ‘Lady In White.’
Christine Bradbury is the town clerk.
She was working late one night on one of the first Klondyke Concerts, in an office now occupied by current recreation director Ian Flynn.
Suddenly, a feeling came over her, kind of like she was being watched.
“You know how you get that feeling like someone is behind you?,” said Bradbury.
She thought it might have been one of the summer workers, so Bradbury began speaking to her.
Here’s the thing. There was no one there.
“When I turned around , I couldn’t see anyone,” said Bradbury. “When I went through the building, there was no one there at all.”
In the summer of 2000, former mayor Wilbur Sparkes made his way into the building late in the evening.
“I wanted to get something in the main office,” he said.
While there, he went into the kitchen located at the back of the building to get a drink. The kitchen is one door up from Flynn’s office.
“This feeling came over me,” said Sparkes. “Like there was someone else in the room.
“The hairs stood up on the back of my neck.”
Before the cable building was constructed, an old Roman Catholic cemetery was located on the property.
In order to make room for the building, a number of the graves were dug up and moved. While there are no official explanations for the experiences, some believe the spirit belongs to one of those whose grave was moved.
Specifically, it’s believed the spirit is that of a young woman.
“The legend is there was a war bride left behind. That is why she is wearing a white wedding dress,” said Bradbury.
Any number of experiences involving different people usually has a common thread. It is a place where their interactions with the supposed spirit have all occurred.
In this case, the lady in white is usually in the back hallway. This is where the kitchen, council chambers and offices are located
“That seems to be the epicentre,” said Bradbury. “It all seems to happen in the back hallway.”
The municipal offices are housed in the old Western Union Building at the bottom of Cable Avenue in Bay Roberts.
The building is some 100 years old, having been built just prior to the start of the First World War.
While it has been renovated, the architecture still resembles the original design from when the building was originally constructed in 1912.
Despite the frightening details of supernatural accounts stemming from the building, staff take it all in stride.
Besides, everyone loves a good ghost story.
“We all make jokes about it,” said the town clerk.
The Bay Roberts municipal building.