The Blood Moon Eclipse

Red Moon Night - Old Tailem Town

By Mike Metcalfe

We like to encourage our guests to write their own experiences up rather than we do it for them.  That way you get to see it from their perspective.  We will be adding a couple more from this Blood Moon Eclipse night as it certainly was one night that stuck out in our minds!

“One of the best tours I have been on and where I have witnessed the most paranormal activity would definitely have to be the night of THE BLOOD MOON ECLIPSE on the 10th of December 2011. I’ve been on many tours at Old Tailem Town and have experienced a few odd occurrences and have even captured a very intriguing photo which I will post for you all to see, but this night of the eclipse certainly takes the cake.

From the minute we started the tour at the Bent Elbow Hotel, about 4 cameras failed to take pictures. My camera, for instance, would take a photo and the flash would go off and yet a totally black image is all I had. I think I took about 20 photos of all black images before I gave up.  Yes, this was strange.

Our second port of call then occurred at the Music Emporium whilst Alison was telling everyone about Jack. Only this time every camera on the tour failed to operate, all but one and that was Alison’s. It was strange that 4 cameras failed at the Bent Elbow, now suddenly every camera was failing. The one camera that did work would take a photo of an object in which the angle was obscured. One must wonder what the hell is going on!

Was all of this the work of our dark friend who haunts the village?  Turns out that all of this was nothing compared to what was about to happen.

Some of the ladies had claimed to have seen a man in a hat at the Peak Railway Station; I didn’t see anything and can only go by what they had said. One lady claims that it was her uncle, but I would put money on the fact it was probably our dark friend who we have affectionately named Ted. He likes to play with the guests on the tour and not always in a nice way.

The tour ended as always at the Wolseley Church which is where Daniel Rob and Anna were doing some private work away from the tour. We had approached the church only to find Daniel running out almost in fear and bewilderment. Daniel was a bit vague on detail but Anna and Rob claim that Daniel didn’t seem like himself and was staring at them with disgust, they tried to call his name and see if he was alright and that is when he came too and ran outside. Daniel does not recall what happened???

THE BLOOD MOON ECLIPSESome of the tour guests had gone home and those who were brave enough stuck around for the Investigation. Everyone seemed to be in very good spirits and was thoroughly enjoying themselves. It was decided that we would all sit in silence and absorb the natural sounds of the church and its surroundings. After a while, a lady named Flick stated that she could hear what sounded like the voice of a male crying out for help emanating from the back room of the church. Moments later Will stated that he heard a female’s voice calling out for help coming from the back room. Shortly after this, a noise was heard from the back room of the church in which Alison decided to go and investigate. Whilst in the backroom and yet still in sight of us, all of the K2 EMF meters went off the scale in multiple intervals. This naturally sparked everyone’s attention and a buzz of excitement was felt across the church.

Meanwhile, Daniel had gone into the back room with Alison to investigate the noise that we had heard, the noise that had initially thought to have been a rodent had led them to a book. Funnily enough, this book was titled “Daniel and the revelations”. After a chuckle had been had, Daniel picked up the book and the first page he had turned to, his eyes had been drawn to the line “WHEN THE MOON BECAME AS BLOOD”. Just so happens that at this very moment the blood moon eclipse was taking place.

Once Alison and Daniel had shared their information with the rest of the group, somebody else turned to a page where a paragraph read “He will give proof of his full power”. What a bizarre coincidence this to have been, or was it our dark friend in spirit who was trying to tell us something about himself to us???    I guess what makes all this interesting is what a medium had told Alison on a previous tour and that was that there is a dark figure within the village who likes to play with the tour groups and that he was a sinister man in life as well as in death. This dark entity believes that he is so much better than us and that we are weak and pathetic and so on and so on. I will let Alison elaborate on this more if she likes.

Shortly after and whilst we had recovered from the bizarreness of this coincidental find, we sat in quiet once again. Flick who was sitting in the front row with her mother claimed that her lap had become freezing. I believe Anna had stepped up to the front to investigate this claim. While discussing the cold feeling, Flick’s mum began to shake and whimper almost uncontrollably. This was visible even to me who was sitting 5 rows back in the complete darkness.  Flick mentioned that perhaps she is having an anxiety attack and it was decided by all that she needs to be taken outside for fresh air. Anna had grabbed hold of one arm to assist her down the aisle; I had a torch to the floor so they could see where they were walking. When they had approached the aisle where I was sitting, it looked like Flick’s mum was going to fall to the ground and therefore rob who was sitting in front of me decided to get up and assist.

By this time the girls were nearing the door and when Rob grabbed hold of her other arm to assist, an almighty roar was set forth

“GET THE F*CK AWAY”……  What a shock this had been to all of us. Was this (Ted) our dark friend’s way of showing us his true power?  By now Flick, her mother, Anna and Alison had made it outside. Rob had come back and sat in the row in front of me and was now furious. The look on his face and the anger he was expressing was a bit of a shock. He was so angry towards Flick’s mum so much so that he wanted to hit her. These emotions were coming from one of the mildest in manner and passive guys you can meet.  I couldn’t help but wonder if perhaps the energy from Flick’s mum had transferred to Rob as he was absolutely fine beforehand???

Flick had then come back into the church to inform us that her mum is now fine and doesn’t remember a thing about what had happened and in fact, all she remembers feeling is an almighty rage that had built up inside her and what she couldn’t control. She wanted very much to apologise to Rob but refused to come back into the church. Rob again showed his anger and basically told Flick that he doesn’t care and they can F off.  What is interesting about all this is the fact that many people before tonight have also had a shift in mood to a somewhat depressive and angry episode and then soon as they leave the church, they become fine.

Flick and her mum decided that they now wanted to leave, so Alison came in to get her keys ready to drive them back to the car park. As Alison exited the church, all of the K2 meters went berserk again in fluctuating spikes. What the hell was going to happen next I thought to myself sitting quietly in retrospect?

It was now when the atmosphere in the church lifted to a more jovial tone, Rob’s mood was on the up and we were all having a laugh. About twenty minutes later Alison returned and low and behold the K2 meters went off the scale again in fluctuating spikes. My first thoughts were “hmmm, I think our dark friend had gone with Alison to farewell flick and her mum and has now returned back with Alison”.

It was now very late into the night and Alison had a major headache, perhaps this was a sign to end the night and go home. Perhaps the headache was our dark friend’s way of saying it’s over now and that he’s shown his true mite, now bugger off.

And there you have it, the night of the BLOOD MOON ECLIPSE.

Thanks, Ted 0_o”

Tailem Town Ghost Tours - Haunted Church

By Robert Verrall

Before the main event of the blood moon eclipse night two of our regular guests, Daniel and Robert had gone straight to the church to investigate with Anna while Alison took the tour.  Eventually, Alison arrived with the tour at the cemetery where she was about to tell the stories… As she began, there was a scream from within the church followed by the sound of running and Daniel exploded out of the Church to join us. This is their story.

“Earlier in the evening of the Blood Moon Eclipse, events started well before the eclipse.  That time in the church with Daniel and Anna was quite strange. During that time I felt really protective toward Anna, thinking if Daniel was going to lose it, I was closer to him anyway. I wrote all that down afterwards, too, so this is from that…

We were asking questions of the Ghost Box and my name kept coming up. I was asking questions like “what do you want with me” and stuff like this. The freaky thing happened when I asked: “What do you want me to do? You’re mentioning my name so what do you want me to do?”

“Leave,” came the reply. Then underneath Anna’s response to that, I heard “go”. Words like that came up a couple of times when I was asking specific questions about what I should do and why it was interested in me.

In fact, we really never got an answer to that. With the Ghost Box stuff, all it wanted me to do was leave.

Oh, there were other things while I was asking the questions… I could hear anti-gay stuff and it was those words I don’t like (the F-word). I don’t know if Anna heard them and chose to say nothing or what. It seems Daniel didn’t hear it. But it was really abusive with the swearing and stuff.  It was saying fuckwits and the C-word as well.  So seriously abusive stuff.

Anna started to feel unwell, too. She felt as though she was going to faint. When we got back for tea, she still wasn’t right and I could see it in her eyes she wasn’t right. I pointed that out, too, and she said she felt it most around the eyes. Now that was interesting.

Then when we were asking questions, Daniel got up and started to go towards the table. He stood there and stared at us. According to Anna, Daniel initially looked in the direction of the pulpit area. He then looked at us with the most malevolent look on his face. Anna kept trying to get his attention: “Daniel… Daniel are you all right?”

No response.

When I looked at the face I’d seen that look before of him when he’s really shitty with something. It’s this kind of thin-lipped pissed off look. Hard to describe, I know, but that’s the best way I can describe it.  I guess disdainful of us is probably the best way to put it.

At the same time, I knew I had to remain calm about it. I also knew if he did go stupid I was between him and Anna so I would have protected her anyway. In fact, I felt really protective of Anna at that point.

Then on the Ghost Box, I heard “torch” and instinctively I shone the torch right in Daniel’s face. That seemed to snap him out of it, thankfully. “Wha… what happened?” and all this stuff. “How did I get over here?”

Anna, still really quite worried, asked him some questions along the lines of “don’t you know what happened”. She went through the whole thing with him and he had no recollection of what he had done. He said afterwards he felt he was a bit dirty, actually, like he needed a shower.

He really did blank out but the one overriding thing he said he felt was anger. Essentially he felt like we were a couple of idiots. Ironically, we were discussing this thing prior to that, I think, though my timeline on that could be a bit askew.

I think we did go outside to discuss it, I can’t remember. Anna said out there she couldn’t believe I was “so cool about it”. I guess because I really didn’t quite know what was going on. And, again, I felt I had to be cool about it for her benefit – at the same time, I’m not really an “Oh my God” reactionary type. You know something is up in a major way if I’m doing that.

Anna was genuinely concerned Daniel was going to punch her or something. She kept asking him questions he couldn’t answer. He couldn’t remember anything about it at all. The thing is he didn’t get annoyed at her over that, he was concerned himself he couldn’t remember.

The interesting thing was when the Ghost Box was going through the stations, it stopped on this awful low guttural voice Anna and I really didn’t like. It sounded really demonic. It seemed to be at that point Anna started to feel unwell and Daniel started to zone out.

We all went back into the church and I started to get that hate feeling myself. A few of us had to leave because we weren’t feeling too great.

I’m glad I wrote all that stuff down as I don’t remember a lot of it – especially when I was affected.  At the same time, I still feel really awful and embarrassed at not accepting that apology. That really is out of character for me!”

The Blood Moon Eclipse will be a night I will remember for the rest of my life.”

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