There’s a ghost in the house
A chilling overnight ‘Ghostly Gathering’ is being hosted by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, in the oldest part of Long Eaton Town Hall on Friday 19 February.
The five-hour fundraising night will start at 9pm and go through the night until 2am and has been organised after a similar event at Ilkeston proved a big hit last year.
The event, which is being run with the help of a local psychic investigation group, is strictly for adults and will be a serious exploration into unexplained activity and haunting at the Old Hall.
Anyone wishing to attend is asked to raise a minimum of £25 which will go to the Mayor’s chosen charities - the children’s cancer charity Clic Sargeant and the Bone Cancer Research Trust, in memory of inspirational young Ilkeston schoolboy Alex Reid, who lived within the Mayor’s Ward.
Those taking part will be given the chance of experimenting with dowsing rods, crystals and other professional ghost-hunting equipment as they explore normally unseen areas of the building.
The Old Hall and its associated buildings were built in 1778 as the home and farm of gentleman farmer, Henry Howitt. The Howitt family lived in The Hall until 1839 when it was sold to the Reverend Francis Gawthorne whose heirs then sold it to lace manufacturer Joseph Fletcher. In 1921 the Hall was bought by Long Eaton Urban District Council for its town hall.
During the event there may also be an opportunity for participants to view The Howitt Bequest, a selection of oil and watercolours which were left to the authority by the family.
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, says:
“As with other old buildings within the borough, The Hall in Long Eaton has a colourful history dating back to the 18th century. This event is for those people who are interested in local history and paranormal activity so – if you dare – please come along and join me for this spookily different gathering!”