A ra­tio­nal ex­pla­na­tion?

THE PUB WITH GOOD BEER, GOOD MU­SIC AND GHOSTS

The Chronicle - - News - By IAN JOHN­SON ian.john­son01@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @Ian John­son Chron

ADRIAN Mar­ley is a log­i­cal man.

The ex-maths lec­turer be­lieves there’s a ra­tio­nal rea­son for ev­ery­thing.

How­ever, he just can’t quite ex­plain what’s hap­pen­ing in­side his pub.

“I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced glasses leav­ing ta­bles,” said the 52-year-old.

A cynic may sug­gest that glasses fall­ing off pub ta­bles isn’t too un­com­mon – es­pe­cially af­ter pun­ters have en­joyed a few pints.

But this is in­side The Schooner, the Gateshead boozer which has a rep­u­ta­tion for good beer, good mu­sic – and now, ghosts.

“The glasses slowly slide away and even­tu­ally just fall off the edge,” added land­lord Adrian.

“It has hap­pened on sev­eral oc­ca­sions at dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions around the pub.” The aca­demic in Adrian makes him think it’s

caused by re­duced drag co­ef­fi­cient, due to grav­ity. But even he ad­mits: “I’d like to think it is a full-on haunted pub.” Now he wants to prove it – or at least try to. Adrian has now is­sued an open in­vite to any North East ghost hun­ters – who are brave enough – to spend the night. “I didn’t know about it be­ing sup­pos­edly haunted when I took over,” said Adrian, who has been run­ning the South Shore Road pub for 18 months. “But the lo­cals talk about the ghostly his­tory and I’m speak­ing to our long­est serv­ing cus­tomers and the staff to get their sto­ries. “And any ghost hun­ters can have the pub for the night – as long as they pay for some­one to be with them.” Besides the glasses, there have also been re­ports of things go­ing bump in the night. Adrian ad­mits it could well be an­i­mals, but adds: “I’m happy to be told oth­er­wise!” Re­cently, The Chron­i­cle re­vealed an­other Ty­ne­side pub claimed it may have cap­tured the ghost of King Charles I on CCTV. Bosses at the Old Ge­orge were left open-mouthed af­ter watch­ing back footage of the eerie orb float­ing across the bar. The pub was ap­par­ently a reg­u­lar haunt of the monarch be­fore his griz­zly ex­e­cu­tion. To ar­range to spend the night ghost hunt­ing at The Schooner, call 0191 477 7404.

Adrian Mar­ley, land­lord of the Schooner in Gateshead, which is said to be haunted Re­porter

Adrian Mar­ley out­side the Schooner

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