August 16 2017
Four years after the story of the ‘Trotting Cob’ was recounted in The Independent, the paper once again reported a ghost story this time the story was fresh and it came from the centre of town.
In January 1937, a white apperition was last seen floating into the Waring Gardens after being spotted standing in the street around the vicinity of the ‘Economic Store’.
The two eyewitnesses who saw this apperition called other locals for help and a search of the gardens provided no clue to what was seen.
It was reported that the two eyewitnesses were sober and so it was not the use of their imagination of the drunken state kind.
Unfortunately the article does not tell more about what was seen in terms of what the ghost looked like, a week later The Independent reported that further inquiries revealed no new clues but many residents believed it was a joke.
Amusingly on the day of the follow up report, there was an ad by Lyceum Pictures advertising the movie ‘The Ghost Goes West‘.
For those into the paranormal, It must be remembered that Old Jack, the people hanged in the now former jail grounds, the half dozen or so deaths that occurred in nearby hotels and others all died in nearby locations and the ghost could of been any of them or it was simply just a 2:30am joke.
EDIT : January 30 2018
For those who like their ghost stories, the economic store mentioned in the report in January 1937 may be referring to the store Rose’s that was situated next to the Primrose Cafe which was an extension of the Globe Hotel.
A woman was fatally stabbed outside the Globe decades earlier and a woman died there in 1935, could it be either one of those ladies?