MEMORIES of spooky goings on came flooding back for a retired workshop manager after a “ghost” resumed its haunting of his old workplace.
Nigel Lee, of Munsbrough Rise, Greasbrough, admits that he was often “terrified” during his time at Say Yes Tyres.
The building, a former chapel in Doncaster that also served as a makeshift mortuary during the Second World War, has reportedly been plagued by a spook dressed in 1940s-style clothing.
The spectre has been blamed recently for tyres being mysteriously moved around and objects thrown at staff and customers.
Nigel admits that when he managed the building in the early 2000s he was so terrified he even brought in a clergyman to perform an exorcism in a desperate attempt to end the scary manifestations.
Nigel, aged 57, said: “I’m not ashamed to say that I was terrified by the things that we saw and heard.”
“Things started to happen in the summer of 2003. There were stones thrown across the workshop and coins would seem to just fall from the roof on to the floor.
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“One night I was locking up and there was an almighty crash on the inside of the garage doors and when I took a look inside I realised that two lead weights—which we used to balance wheels—had been thrown at the door. I was really spooked.”
Nigel retired from Say Yes Tyres in 2004 due to ill health, after which the ghostly happenings seemed to stop.
But new owner Nick White, who took over the business in 2007, recently claimed that he had also experienced spooky happenings when pre-war coins turned up mysteriously on the garage floor in two strange incidents a month apart.
Nick (35) found the first of the old penny pieces, dated 1936 and bearing the image of George VI, when he arrived for work one day in February.
The second coin, dated 1938, was lying in almost the same spot when Mr White and one of his mechanics turned up at the depot last week.
The tyre depot’s owner, who admitted he was initially cynical about the haunting reports, said: “I took all the strange stories with a big pinch of salt when I bought the place but I wouldn’t like to say it’s not true any more.
“There’s no logical explanation for the two old pennies turning up like they did. I wish there was.
“It’s a little bit scary knowing that there’s something happening while the place is locked up at night.”
Nigel recalled how tyres were moved around the workshop.
He said: “Several tyres would be stacked in a completely different place to where they were left. It was completely unexplained.
“What was happening went way beyond rumours and hearsay—even our customers saw stones thrown.”
He added: “I got a psychic in to get to the bottom of it and he said two children had died there. The local vicar even performed an exorcism but it doesn’t seem to have done anything.
“I wish I was still able to work but in a way I’m glad I’m not there to deal with all that again. A ghost is a strange thing to have to work with.”
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