Deep fat frightener CHIPPY HAUNTED BY SIGNS FROM BEYOND THE GRAVY
FISHY goings-on have left chip shop workers rattled.
They have been spooked by the antics of a poltergeist which sprinkles salt on one particular table.
The ghost even terrified a woman at the Seagull Café in Weymouth by blowing in her ear.
Now the owners are worried the spirit will be upset by plans to turn the
Dorset eaterie into a trendy Mexican restaurant.
The Seagull was closed and the space leased out in October after years of reported hauntings.
Legend has it that the chippy was home to the spirit of an old man who always sat at table number two.
His ghost is said to have often smiled at workers before vanishing into thin air, leaving behind a sprinkling of salt.
The apparition’s presence has also been felt upstairs.
In the flat above the café the manager’s wife claimed to have felt something blowing in her ear whenever she did chores. Ian and Helen Dowen, who are half-way through turning the chippy into their new restaurant, fear the ghost will want to reclaim his favourite spot once they open. Ian, 55, said: “There are no tables out at the moment, so if someone was sprinkling salt around the place I wouldn’t be able to tell because there’s dust everywhere.” But he promised: “When we open in March, I’ll be sure to keep an eye on the spot where the old table number two was.”
Jake Short, 26, claims that he experienced many a spooky moment when he lived in the flat above the Seagull Café between 2009 and 2014.
He told us: “I’d be in my flat and hear chairs moving downstairs so I’d go down and check, but nothing would be there.
“It’s an old building and Weymouth is known for its ghost stories, so who knows.”