Vi­o­lin-play­ing ghost who likes to prop up bar

‘He is as good as gold’ says land­lady

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - HALLOWEEN SPECIAL - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­

A VI­O­LIN-PLAY­ING ghost is caus­ing much mis­chief in a 400-year-old pub, ac­cord­ing to the land­lady.

Ex-land­lord Don­ald who died in the early 1900s is said to still prop up the bar at The White Hart in Chal­font St Peter.

The pub is one of many haunted wa­ter­ing holes in Buck­ing­hamshire, with other strange sight­ings spot­ted in Amer­sham and Bea­cons­field ahead of Hal­loween on Fri­day.

Land­lady Rachael Bree, 43, who has worked at the pub for 27 years, says Don­ald has been haunt­ing the place since she can re­mem­ber.

Don­ald moves glasses and op­tics about in the night, brushes past cus­tomers and spooks pub bor­der ter­rier Gun­ner.

“He is as good as gold with me,” said Rachael, who has heard the vi­o­lin twice. “The chef asked if some­one had pushed him in the fridge and another time a cus­tomer asked who was lean­ing on his shoul­der.”

Rachael left the tap po­si­tioned in the mid­dle of the sink a few years ago. When she came back down that same night, she says, it had some­how moved across.

She said: “That hap­pened three times in one night. On the third time I put it back and said ‘good­night Don­ald’ and it did not hap­pen again.

“I say good­night to him ev­ery night now.”

Don­ald is also a handy se­cu­rity guard as well, says Rachael, as he be­gins to move ob­jects about and make trou­ble when some­thing is amiss in the pub.

Other wa­ter­ing holes which are ru­moured to be haunted in­clude Che­quers Inn in Wooburn Common. Ac­cord­ing to Amer­, the pub was ex­or­cised three times in the sec­ond half of the 20th cen­tury and the ghostly go­ings-on could stem from 1506 and 1521, when mem­bers of the Lol­lard re­li­gious group were burned to death after re­fus­ing to re­cant their be­liefs, with their chil­dren forced to light the fires.

Over in Bea­cons­field, the Royal Stan­dard of Eng­land pub – run by Matthew O’Ke­effe – has had so many spooky in­ci­dents it at­tracted a visit from tele­vi­sion pro­gramme Ghost Quest UK. A shad­owy male fig­ure has of­ten been spot­ted strid­ing across the bar and dis­ap­pear­ing in the wall next to the old fire­place in the Can­dle Room.

Ac­cord­ing to the pub’s web­site, it is be­lieved to be an ex­e­cuted Cav­a­lier or a trav­eller ac­ci­den­tally killed by the no­to­ri­ous Earl of Bar­ry­more in 1788.

Photo by Rob Bourne www.buyapho­ NL201410920_5

Land­lady Rachael Bree who has been work­ing at the pub for 27 years says Don­ald has been haunt­ing the place as long as she can re­mem­ber

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