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D B Sweeney



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:03 am    Post subject: Have ghosts forced a Theme Park re-think? Reply with quote

Bosses at a Surrey theme park have relocated one of its new rides after workers reported ghostly goings-on at the site.
Staff building the water ride at Thorpe Park said they had experienced several strange phenomena, including what appeared to be a headless monk.
There were reports of objects being moved, workers feeling like someone was watching over their shoulders and sudden cold feelings being experienced.
A paranormal detection agency was called in by park bosses to carry out tests and found that an ancient burial ground or settlement could have been disturbed.
Managers at the theme park decided to relocate the ride to another area and also called in a forensic team to carry out further investigations.
Storm Surge, a 20m- (64ft-) tall water ride at Thorpe Park, was originally meant to have been built in an area on the site known as Monk's Walk.
The old footpath has linked the ruins of nearby Chertsey Abbey to Thorpe Church since the year 666 AD.
The ride's foundations would have been over 15m (49ft) deep in an area of the theme park where stone coffins have previously been excavated.
Paranormal expert Jim Arnold, who carried out tests at the site, said: "Results were picked up immediately, with orbs, ghostly images in photography and ouija reaction results being strongest around the site where they were proposing to build Storm Surge.
"The results were so strong we felt the only explanation could be that an ancient burial ground or settlement was being disturbed, prompting the extra paranormal activity."
Forensic geophysicist Peter Masters has now been called in to analyse the site, using deep ground radar.
He said: "From the preliminary investigations, we have picked up signatures similar to that of a burial ground - possibly ancient.
"Although this could simply be an old building, with Thorpe Park's history the investigation is definitely worth continuing."

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/5/20110207/tuk-bosses-move-haunted-theme-park-ride-45dbed5.html
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stone coffins have previously been excavated
then why did they start to build on it in the first place Confused
bit disrespectfull if you ask me Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was thinking the same thing Flossy as I was reading
the article.
Great article DB, thanks for sharing it. Very Happy
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D B Sweeney



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Bitter Very Happy

I think this is just a convenient hook onto which the PR agency for Thorpe Park are hanging a story in order to publicise a new ride. I've worked in PR and fed many manufactured stories to the press, it's quite easy when you know the rules.

As a footnote, many cemeteries get re-located in order for new developments to be built which leads to the generation of subsequent ghost stories in the properties built on them.
In this case they probably weren't aware that ancient graves were potentially directly under the Storm Surge ride site although until geophysical tests are conducted we won't know what's under there.
The evidence here is anecdotal and based on subjective feelings. I'd never count 'orbs' as evidence of the supernatural and as we've discussed on here before - the Ouija Board is IMO no proof of the paranormal either but proof of the belief in the need to believe.

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D B Sweeney



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is just in from BAR.soc which may give another sceptical perspective on the story.

http://barsoc.org/2011/02/08/an-open-letter-to-thorpe-park/

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lol i like that Wink
i wounder if they get in touch with them, bet not lol
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