Famed television spiritualist, Soul & Spirit columnist and Celebrity Big Brother finalist Derek Acorah returns to share his spooky tales and answer your supernatural queries…
“One of my more memorable experiences while working on an investigation was my very first to Chillingham Castle in Northumberland, reputed to be the most haunted castle in England. If you’ve ever been to Chillingham, you will know that it is completely atmospheric and the moment you walk through the door you just know that you are going to be experiencing both spirit and ghostly encounters.
“It was after we had had dinner in the eerie banqueting hall that the investigation began. We began searching what is known as “The Grey Room”, and this is where the famous Radiant Boy of Chillingham Castle is said to make himself known. The Grey Room is located in a part of the castle which is inhabited regularly by the present owners, and is a pleasant Victorian-style, warm room furnished with twin beds. It is a large room with a window looking out over the courtyard. I entered this room and walked towards the centre where I came to a halt. I had the strangest feeling that I wanted to talk about the colour pink.
“As I stood in the centre of the room, I felt an overwhelming sensation of hurt and fear creeping over me. I felt desolation and despair, fear and foreboding. I was a young boy! I felt tears streaming down my face. The boy was not speaking to me – rather, he was speaking through me! Travelling down through the years, I felt his voice, despair and hurt at the treatment he faced through his uncle. ‘Sam’, I silently pleaded, ‘take this off me and come closer’. As I stood trembling, I felt the love and warmth of Sam permeate my body.
“I opened my eyes and was once again in the warm bedroom. On the opposite wall, I noticed a doorway next to the fireplace to which I felt inexplicably drawn. I needed to go through this doorway. Beyond was another doorway, but it was actually the section between the two doors to which I felt drawn. I rapped with my knuckles and was greeted by a hollow response. Again, I wanted to talk about the colour pink. I described a young boy – the boy who so recently had spoken through me. He was surrounded by a healing blue colour. I was told that the bones of a young boy and an adult male had been discovered in that very portion of the wall. Scraps of blue material had been found with the bones. Sightings of the ‘blue’ or ‘radiant’ boy (as this spirit is known) have been experienced by many people visiting the castle. His spirit remains part of Chillingham’s rich haunted history, and is said to still appear from time to time.”
Your homely hauntings…
“I’ve been told that my home is haunted. How can I make the spirit that lives with me aware that I mean it no harm?” – Becky, Liverpool
“I’m sure that if there is a spirit person resident in the house, then he or she will be very aware that you are happy to share her home with them. However, you can make sure of this by vocalising a welcome whenever you hear a noise or feel anybody around you. ‘Haunted’ is a very broad term and tends to encompass both spirit presence and what people term as ‘ghosts’, (the residual energy of people who have inhabited a place before). You first of all need to establish whether her haunting is in fact a spirit person’s presence.”
Derek Acorah is one of the world’s most renowned spiritualist mediums, having demonstrated to millions of people in theatres throughout the UK and beyond over his 25 year career in the public eye. For more information, visit derekacorah.com