The Girl and the Grandmother
The following story was related
to the group during our day visit to the Spanish Barn in Torquay.
Sometime during 2004 a family
that consisted of a young girl (around 9 years of age), her
two parents and her grandmother visited Torre Abbey for the
day. Whilst there the parents, who were big Agatha Christie
fans, discovered the memorial display of their favourite author
and spent a lot of their time in there.
The young girl was getting
agitated and bored waiting for her parents and wanted to go.
As she was waiting she saw an elderly lady leaving the room.
Apparently thinking that it was her grandmother she decided
to go along with this person, holding her hand as they walked
out and away. The girl and the elderly lady walked for a little
while around the building until they reached the chapel. At
this point the girl suddenly realised that the elderly lady
and completely vanished and was nowhere to be seen. Thinking
that she was lost, or that her grandmother had wandered away
she made her way back to where her parents were to tell them.
However, surprisingly to her, when she returned she saw that
her grandmother was still with them. Not only that, but she
had never left the room.
A bit worried that this elderly
lady may have been trying to abduct their daughter, the family
went to the reception to tell them what had happened. The
receptionist thought that it was most likely that the girl
had simply mistaken another visitor for her grandmother but
agreed to go back over the CCTV footage that had been recording
during the time to see what had happened.
The tape played and showed
the family in the Agaths Christie room. Then, to the astonishment
of both the family and the receptionist the girl was seen
dashing over to a completely empty space and then holding
her arm in the air as if she was holding hands with somebody
invisible. She was like this when she was captured on another
CCTV camera walking down the stairs still holding this invisible
entities hand and appearing to be speaking to whoever it may
have been. This continued up until the chapel where the girl
was seen walking inside with her arm still in the air. Then
her arm suddenly crumpled down to her side as if suddenly
let go. The girl, looking a bit stunned, started to look around
to see where whoever was with her had vanished off to.
The tapes were put to one side,
but unfortunately a new summer worker did not know what was
on them, and sadly mixed them back up with the current tape
rotation where they were subsequantly recorded over. It's
such a shame because it may well have been one of the most
convincing videos of the paranormal ever recorded.