Drakelow Tunnels. Exploration and “Ghost” Hunt

Once again I set out to an abandoned building to try to crack down on the supposed haunting’s of Drakelow Tunnels with Anya and Dan. We were with the Spooktacular crew
who run a no messing about or fakers standard and pretty much just guide you about and let you try to contact the dead.

I was immediately existed as I walked down the dark road towards a small door to enter the a11903882_10153374629365589_4860776641162839073_nbandoned tunnels. My adrenaline was pumping and I was already worked up from watching stories about the place. I was aware that I needed to take this into account as I could have easily have started to freak out from my own imagination.

As me and my group followed the rest of the people down the dark candle lit tunnel we entered a large hall with what looked like a long table in a harry potter style. Here we got told the layout of the evening and then all went to do an open11892106_10153374629710589_4167885579348736965_ning circle in one of the tunnels. Jo had a load of random WW2  songs and speeches on her phone in hope that it would evoke the ghosts  down there. Besides the odd tap and slight paranoia from a few people nothing happened. We then split into smaller groups to do a vigil.

We set off with Bill into a small room and he wacked out his Ouija board and told people not to move the planchette as it annoyed him and whats the point in faking it. I pointed out that people can move it subliminally though and told him about the experiments where people have been blindfolded and its been clear people are moving it without knowing. Regardless of this I started thought I would crack on with it just to see. I planted a few seeds by mentioning dates and random names and in time it started moving to a story that I fabricated based on information from a Most Haunted episode. Soon enough I asked for the date and the number I mentioned earlier was given. Now either someone on the table had taken in that information and moved it or it was a ghost. I will leave for you to decide.

Once we finished are little session in that room we were whisked off to Sian’s dark boiler looking room where she said things were kicking right off. I was not expecting much but
11896048_10153374628205589_603469401857090560_nshe gathered us in a circle and shut off the lights so I could not see my own glasses on my face. She then asked for the ghost to come back and indicate with a bang. Then to the right of me a large bang followed. I replied with “no f**king way I need to document this” and left the circle and started recording with my camera. These taps and bangs continued and I was aware everyone was in the circle so they were not doing it, but being dark I could not tell what it could be, other than a ghost.

We all set back to the harry potter room and I decided to go alone back to the banging room. As I went in I heard a large bang and jumped a mile. I then heard a few more and started hearing little taps and clicks. I then noticed water was dripping from the roof down onto the large cylinders and boiler units. It seemed I have debunked the bangs and promptly renamed the room, “dripping room”.

We then had one finale vigil in the kitchen sections where a paintball smoke bomb seemed to come from nowhere. aka someones hand as it was conveniently pitch black when it hit a unit. Not much really happened apart from few tapping sounds down the tunnels which people said were footsteps and there was also some very faint crying sighing sounds which were a little unnerving but I cant be sure it11201828_10153374628710589_2748488312968631861_n was not someone in the group or another group down in a different section. Throughout the entire evening I also had my bell on me which also never went off once despite the fact the “ghosts” seemed to have the ability to tap and chuck things.

Finally we got to have some free time to venture into the tunnels. I decided I wanted to go deep and get lost. I did my own little call outs to apparent ghosts but with no knocks
cry’s or replies of any kind. I did however enjoy the general atmosphere and the sense of exploring the left overs of an old war bunker. Going down large tunnels round tight gaps 11889518_10153374628415589_8320765139980508627_nand through small holes in large walls to go to places far from the main group. This however soon got us quite lost and I started to wonder what was went there. I was expecting David Bowie as the Goblin King to step out and tell me I would never complete the labyrinth to reach his castle. I then came across which looked like a newly boarded up area and noticed a way round. what I found inside I was not expecting.

As I went round the right gap it opened up into a raided cannabis farm full of buckets and units that would have been used for growing. It was at this point we decided we sh
ould head back.

Thankfully dan  and Anya had a good sence of tracking back are steps to the small hole in the wall and we made are way back to harry potter room to find everyone else had packed 11222796_10153374625425589_2768289754322632884_nup and left and only a few of the Spooktacular team were there. I started to wonder if we had gotten lost I may still be wondering the dark tunnels now.

Overall I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the place and would go again. Regardless of if there are ghosts or not its a cool place to go see and you can certainly allow you own imagination to run wild and take over as I felt this happen a few times myself before I decided  to rationalise it and calm back down. I also like to say thanks to the spooktacular team as they don’t mess about and fake stuff they supply a good deal of equipment and just let the night roll.

Bradley Stoke Radio

Bradley Stoke radio is a community radio station playing a wide range of songs and different types of shows including information and events within Bradley stoke.

I have been doing my own 80’s show for some time now and thought I would say a little about it and the goings on as a radio presenter. I have a slot of 2 hours every Saturday at 3 pm till 5 pm with a  show called flashback in which I play all of the top 80’s songs with a few late 70’s early

13243971_10153956588855589_4932721245067282259_o90’s now and then.  I’d like to think I have a following of people who remember the 80’s and people just finding 80’s music now and enjoying it. I like to keep to short talk between tracks where i ever say the next track or have some type of cheesy joke to make. My themes consist of Rock followed by Reggie or disco/funk and then 80s pop / synth pop and finally I slow things down at the end with some classic ballads.

To produce a show for the 2 hour period is not very difficult at all as I have a copy of the free program Zara, which is for play out, and I add my tracks to it at home for each hour separately until I have 55 mins per hour as the extra 5 mins are willed with talk, adverts zaraand news. Once my songs are ready I simply take the files to the studio and upload them into the database and set up the program their end ready to play out when I go live. I simply just add my start jingle and intermittent jingles between the tracks and go over to studio 1 where I can load the program from the server.

Some people prefer to use a cd collection which is done on a double cd track player in which you can switch between cd 1 and 2 depending on which is playing. Also if you wish to go old school there is a record player setup or alternately you can bring your own DJ deck in and hook it up on another line. Once in the hot seat playing out live is not very difficult at all. They have a mixer deck which connects to several mics and the music inputs. All this is controlled by the slides and depending on how much you use you may find it’s a case of just 1 slide for your mic and one for the music or if

Bradley stoke radio you have guests then the slides for other mics will need to be adjusted. If anyone were to become a member it’s not too hard to pick up and all the necessary training is given.

Aside from going in and playing your own show BSR do a lot of outside work as well. Help run events to outside broadcast or doing interview with schools or community. Each of which can be done or helped by the volunteers even if they don’t have their own show slot.  I myself have done a few live events where

my show has gone out live, although there’s been a few hiccups with the internet speeds and streaming back to studio, it’s still good fun and there always seems to be a work around.It’s good practice for anyone wanting to get used to live events.

Overall volunteering at the radio show is a fun experience in which I get to play my own music in my own quirky way and work alongside a friendly helpful team who keep the inner essence of the station running alongside the help of all the other volunteers. If you’re interested from reading this in helping out check out http://www.bradleystokeradio.com. Alternatively if you live good old 80’s music and are free of Saturdays then check out my show Flashback from 3 pm. on the site above or at 103.4