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Friday, 24 October 2014

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All-night Barrow vigil aims to unlock paranormal secrets

A PARANORMAL investigation night hopes to uncover the secrets of an historic building.

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vigil Cumbria paranormal investigator Mark Hankin and his team will be at The Porthole on Barrow Island, below, on the evening of February 1 and into the early hours of February 2 JONATHAN BECKER ref: 50040355F003/sheena alcock ref: 0247839

Cumbria paranormal investigator Mark Hankin and his team will be at The Porthole on Barrow Island on the evening of February 1 into the early hours of February 2 to try and explain some unusual activity.

They are inviting the public to join them at the recently taken-over music and community venue in Michaelson Road to take part in five hours of investigation and experiments.

The building was most recently known as The Canteen Media and Arts Centre. It is a former shipyard canteen and old cinema. The building is now leased by husband-and-wife, Paul and Charlotte Byrne, of Barrow Island, and is being rebranded.

Mr Hankin is hosting the event as a fundraiser to help with the revamp of the building and community projects there. The medium and tarot reader, of Whitehaven, has investigated strange occurences across Cumbria.

Mr Hankin said one of the new tenants recently experienced hearing the voice of a young girl calling their name when there was no one else in the building.

He visited The Porthole recently and said: “I’ve been in the building two or three time and I feel certain parts have a story to tell. I feel there is something there.

“In one particular area in the basement it has a very oppressive atmosphere. There are rumours of dastardly deeds.

“We want to see what we can detect.”

The events will include vigils and a seance and the use of electromagnetic and recording equipment and night cameras.

Mr Hankin said: “It is fascinating stuff. I’m really looking forward to it. Hopefully the building will give up some of its secrets.”

The event is restricted to 20 places costing £30 each, with funds going back into the building.

Soup and rolls and drinks will be served. There will also be presentations and a tour.

The event runs from 9.30pm until 4am.

Those aged 16 to 18 are to be accompanied by adults

Those interested in places are asked to email mark.s.hankin@gmail.com to inform Mr Hankin.

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