The Most Haunted brand is coming back. The owner of Haunted Events UK, Lee Roberts, has teamed up with Karl Beattie to launch Most Haunted Paranormal Nights. The brand returns as a pair of live events for which tickets are on sale, if you’re quick.
Some Most Haunted fans may not have encountered Haunted Events UK yet or may not yet have caught up with the news. In Pure Spirit reached out to Lee Roberts, asking for an interview, looking to ask some questions about the return. Lee kindly found the time to help.
Readers may have heard that Most Haunted has teamed up with Haunted Events UK. Could you tell us a little about Haunted Events UK and yourself?
My name is Lee Roberts and I have been investigating the Paranormal now for over 16 years. I started off with a private team and after many years of investigating private houses, pubs and clubs we investigated a location called Clifton Hall in Nottinghamshire. This got a lot of attention and hit a lot of headlines all over the world due to the activity that was found. I decided to start Haunted Events UK in 2010 to let the public see what we do on an investigation. I went on to present a few TV shows here in the UK and in the US and have appeared many times on TV and radio speaking about the Paranormal.
(Lee has a site at officialleeroberts.com)
Where did the idea to do Most Haunted Paranormal Nights come from? Did Karl Beattie contact you first?
Karl and Myself have spoken for quite a while regarding a few projects, Karl wanted to give something back to the fans and let them experience a Ghost Hunt with some of the team. He knew I ran events via Haunted Events UK and he also liked how we ran them so asked if I could organise some events for him.
What do you hope to achieve at Morecambe Winter Gardens and the first event?
We hope to meet some of the fantastic Most Haunted Fans, have a good time and enjoy ourselves. The paranormal activity will come if it’s there but we can never guarantee that. We want to let the fans have a go, have fun and meet and have a go with Karl and Stuart.
What are the plans for the future? More events? TV? Online broadcasts with YouTube or Twitch?
I can only comment on the public events I’m afraid, the TV side is all dealt with by Karl and he is busy editing episodes as we speak. Event wise we want to do the two at Morecambe, have a good time and then look at it again from there, hopefully we will do more BUT that is down to Karl and if he feels he and the fans got out of it what he hoped for.
How hard is to run a paranormal investigation?
The key to any Paranormal Investigation is to have fun, enjoy it and experiment. No-one has the final answer on how they are run so have a go, go with your gut instinct and you’ll find what works and what doesn’t. You don’t need to be a Parapsychologist or Scientist to run these although there is a place for real serious research. The investigation bit is easy, it’s the research afterwards that’s the hard bit.
What extra pressures are there when you unite a paranormal investigation with an event? Can you be sure paying ticket holders will experience something interesting?
No, there is no pressure at all really, my moto is I would rather guests go home disappointed that nothing happened rather than fake anything. It will happen if it’s there and the energies are right.
If there’s a scale with “scientific investigation” on one end and “entertainment” at the other; where will you place Most Haunted Paranormal Night events?
Very much on entertainment and having fun, letting the guests experience a Ghost Hunt… we are not recording all the evidence for research but we do explain what the activity could of been, we always look and explain the science of any activity and experiment.. but we are here to provide a service and let them have a good time.
What are the three most important pieces of kit that paranormal investigators should carry while they’re on scene?
Yourself, a torch and a key to get out quickly! I always say to go on a Ghost Hunt you need one bit of equipment, your own senses is key, follow your instincts and try and see, hear, feel, sense, the scientific equipment is brilliant BUT no essential.
What’s the most haunted location in the United Kingdom that you’re aware of? Would you like to run a Most Haunted Paranormal Nights event there?
Good Question, the most active I’ve experienced is Newstead Abbey in Nottingham, I am lucky enough to run the events for them and when you get a good night it is amazing. The spookiest I would have to go back to Clifton Hall in Notts, it was such a weird location, not as much activity but more like the twighlight zone!
In Pure Spirit
Thanks to Lee for his time and answers.
Based on Lee’s experience I dug quickly into Newstead Abbey in Nottingham and found this silent but rather freaky YouTube video. Watch for the 1:10 mark and the figure that moves in the background. A flash? A person? It’s very fast.
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