Yvette Fielding might have over 17 years of experience as a ghost hunter, but the presenter has revealed that her scariest paranormal experience was actually in a council house in Pontefract.
She admitted that the countless ghost hunts she has been on in haunted castles have paled in comparison to the investigation of 30 East Drive, which houses the world’s most violent poltergeist.
The perfectly normal-looking semi-detached house on the Chequerfields Estate in East Yorkshire is said to be home to the Black Monk of Pontefract – and even paranormal experts were freaked out by the experience.
Yvette told Metro.co.uk: ‘The most scary was a council house in Pontefract where nobody has been able to live for so long because of all the awful things that were happening there, and it’s such a normal place but so much poltergeist activity is happening there.
‘You always feel a bit scared when you go to an old castle or something, but this was worse as the location was just so normal.’
The home hasn’t ben lived in full time since the 1960s after a family were plagued by lights turning off and on, items levitating or disappearing altogether and foul smells and pictures being slashed.
Yvette has also seen members of the crew get attacked by violent ghosts, explaining: ‘I have seen it with my own eyes. Members of the crew have been scratched or burned and I actually quit the show for a while because I thought “we are messing with things we shouldn’t be, here”.’
Despite being pretty fearless when it comes to facing ghosts head-on, Yvette admits she prefers to watch Mary Poppins rather than a horror film when she gets home.
She told us the scariest movie she had ever seen: ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose, I had to go watch a screening of it at the cinema and I swear I had to have a cup of hot sweet tea afterwards I was so scared! I usually like to watch Mary Poppins or Bedknobs and Broomsticks when I go home.
‘Movies about the paranormal can mess with your mind, especially doing what I do for a living, and that one was based on a true story about Annaliese Michel and it was just terrifying, so I like to watch Mary Poppins instead!’
Yvette, who started off her career as a Blue Peter presenter in her teens, revealed she has also gained a legion of young fans who are interested in the paranormal, and will be hosting a special ghost hunt for kids this weekend.
She explained: ‘I’ve always loved working with children and if I hadn’t gone into presenting Blue Peter I think I would have become a teacher instead.
‘Parents were coming up to me saying that their children loved Most Haunted, and I was like “really?”, and then I came up with the idea for my children’s book, Archie The Ghost Hunter, as well as starting ghost hunts for under 16s.
‘I am looking forward to seeing the equipment we are going to be using this weekend and hopefully we will contact something in the bowels of the Argos store.’
Yvette will be hosting a special Arghost: LEGO Ghost Hunting Live event at Argos, Tottenham Court Road on Sunday, 27 October. Tickets are free and available here.
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by – metro.co.uk