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Spirited effort to find ghosts
GHOSTS, ghouls and things that go bump in the night will soon be unveiled with a new venture that opens a doorway to the spirit world.
Mat Young, 38, of Mill Lane, has created Paranormal Planet, an organisation with which he will take customers into eerie venues and use his ability to contact the dead.
From February next year Mat will begin taking groups into venues as far afield as Cirencester and Worcester, with several in Swindon due to be finalised in the coming weeks.
Mat said he was able pick up on spiritual beings from a young age, and saw a ghost at the age of six.
This ability has pushed him to become what he calls a training medium – somebody who is practising the art of communication between the dead and the living.
He has been on numerous ghost hunts with major paranormal event companies in the past, but the cost of these drove him to set up his own company in an effort to access these creepy locations at a lower cost.
But his ambition for the business has now grown to welcoming members of the public on to these trips.
“I’ve been interested in it since I was 19, but I didn’t really move on with it until two or three years ago with ghost investigations with a national events company,” he said.
Paranormal Planet approaches venues across the country and requests access to their premises for the evening for a hire charge.
The ghost hunts begin at 9pm and run through until 3am or 4am, with food and drink provided by the company.
Using a variety of new technology, including night-vision goggles, and traditional methods, such as Ouija boards, Mat and a small group of enthusiasts attempt to help people leave messages with the dead.
In Swindon, Mat has said the two locations he would most like to search out for ghosts, would be the old railway works where Swindon Designer Outlet now stands, and the Steam Museum.
With between £2,000 and £3,000 invested in the firm, Mat and his four associates, two from Swindon and two from Weymouth, have a lot riding on its success.
“We went from 13 to 85 likes on Facebook quite soon after I launched the page, which is quite a big jump,” he said.
“I’m hoping it continues to grow. “There is always a degree of scepticism from people, but when I have been along to these hunts there are always reluctant boyfriends dragged along by their partners.
“By the end of the evening, nine out of 10 of them would say ‘wow, it blew my mind’.”
Anyone interested in getting involved with Paranormal Planet should search for it on Facebook or email Mat on email@example.com.
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