Nigel Parrott, above, has put a sign in his Great Yarmouth sweet shop telling ghost hunters that the only spirit they are likely to find there is that of Jesus.
The dotty Christian was reacting to the fact that his 18th century shop – Sweet Dreams – had been listed in a ghost walk as one of the town’s haunted properties.
According to this report, people kept coming in and asking about apparent ghoulish goings-on in his shop.
Parrott said that, as a Christian, he needed “to set the record straight” by putting a sign in the window refuting the presence of anything spooky. The sign displayed in the window is addressed to all his “wonderful customers” and states that Jesus is the only spirit in his shop.
While he could not rule out the building had once been haunted, it certainly wasn’t now, he said. He said he had had to clear out some paraphernalia left by previous occupants a year ago including a Ouija board and tarot cards.
He said he was “absolutely amazed” at the response and interest which had gathered pace as Halloween loomed.
Parrott said he has since received an apology from the ghost walk organisers and that he had reminded them of the account in 1 Samuel 28 where stricken King of Israel Saul consults a medium.
I was not annoyed by it, I just wanted to make sure people knew that when a Christian comes in and Jesus is present no darkness can stay. People have been generally supportive when I have explained.
They have undertaken to remove the shop from future ghost walks.
Parrott told Premier Christian Radio :
What caused me to put the poster up was the fact I had, in the early part of the summer, people coming in saying they had been on the ghost walks and my shop was one of the most haunted shops in Great Yarmouth. But Jesus came to bring light to the world and cast out darkness – in light no darkness can hide. When Jesus came to 13 Regent Road in Yarmouth all other spirits were overcome.
The BBC reports that ghost tour guide Maddie Iliff claimed the shop had a history of unusual activity.
Iliff claimed a paranormal investigation was done on the building several years ago, before Parrott perched himself in the premises.
There were strange reports of people being touched, in a Ouija board experiment things moved, and people were seen in windows.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn