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CCTV camera films mystery ball of light at Carlisle community centre

A community centre is at the centre of a fascinating mystery after one of its security cameras captured a spooky dancing light.

Gareth Weber photo
Greystone Community Centre manager Gareth Weber

For years, there have been stories of a possible haunting at Carlisle’s Greystone Community Centre.

Some people now believe there is powerful evidence that this popular Close Street centre, built at the site of a former girls’ school, may be attracting a visitor from beyond the grave.

The debate is being fuelled by a CCTV video which gives a tantalising glimpse of something decidedly strange.

Filmed at 5.17pm, and lasting for just seven seconds, the footage shows a gloomy, deserted corridor.

Suddenly, a large glowing ball of light appears, its pulsing slightly as it travels inexplicably along the corridor before turning sharply upwards and towards the centre’s main entrance. Manager Gareth Weber, 39, who has worked there for 15 years, described what happened.

“It was sitting at my desk in the office, working, when I heard a bang, which is not unusual here,” he said. “I could have sworn that I heard somebody walking past my door, but as far as I knew I was the only person who was in the building.

“I left the office, checked the entrance of the building, and then the corridor next to my office, and there was nobody around. So I went back to the office and checked the CCTV. That’s when I saw this light.”

The incident, earlier this month, has got everybody talking and has now been posted on Facebook. Some people have suggested the light may be a spectral “orb,” the earthly manifestation of a spirit.

Gareth said the engineer who installed the CCTV camera had checked it, and insists there is no fault with it – nor any logical explanation.

“He’s assured me there’s nothing wrong with camera. He had no explanation,” said Mr Weber.

“I’m usually sceptical. But there’s no doubt that this is an old building, and the corridor where this light was used to be part of the girls part of the old Brook Street School. There was talk that it was haunted by an old music teacher who worked there. They say he has occasionally rang the school bell, which we still have.

“Other people have commented that it could be the late Colin Paisley, who died a few months ago and was very involved in the centre and was vice president here.

The community centre last year attracted 31,000 visitors.

Have your say

The light is clearly a spiritual orb, but these phenomenon are only associated with a spirit in transit at the time of death, and not with haunting. They are also associated with people and not places, and as Gareth Weber was alone in the building at the time it appeared, he must be the person the spirit was trying to contact. The dying person need not even be on the same continent, let alone in Carlisle. These sightings were just taken for granted when people passed away before the invention of electrical light. Doors frequently bang, pictures fall off walls, and glasses shatter at the same time as these orbs appear. They are less likely if relatives are present at the bedside at the time of death, more likely if the death happens alone or is traumatic.

Posted by Poltergeist on 3 February 2013 at 19:27

Hardly a "dancing light"... "a vague smudge moving in a short way in a straight line along a wall" would have been more appropriate...but not as snappy!

Posted by Richard G on 1 February 2013 at 09:38

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