Ghost hunters team up with rail firms in station fundraiser

Alexandra Wood

PARANORMAL investigators will be delving into “unexplained noises” heard under one of Hull’s best-known Victorian buildings.

Ghost Chasers – Hull’s paranormal investigative team – has been given permission to take members of the public for the first time into the bowels of the city’s Paragon Station and adjacent Royal Hotel to raise money for the BBC’s Children In Need.

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On the ghostbusters’ visit last year it was claimed that a little girl was heard laughing in the old Victorian toilets in a tunnel which leads from the hotel to the station. The overnight event will take place October 30.

Ghostbuster team leader Michael Smith said: “First Group have allowed us for the first time to take the public.

“People will have an entertaining evening even if they don’t see or experience a ghost and it will raise money for a worthy cause.”

The evening will begin with a short presentation, followed by a two-course meal at the hotel before an hour-long tour taking in the cellars at the hotel and the police cells in the station. Later the group will be split up to investigate specific areas using equipment including meters which can pick up electromagnetic fields – which are supposed to be used by ghosts and spirits.

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Tickets are available from, with a 45 price tag including the meal.

There’s also a raffle with train tickets to London and European destinations as the prizes.

Hull-based workplace safety company Arco will supply hard hats for people to wear and four train companies have supplied tickets for the raffle.

Paragon Station opened in May 1848. The hotel was added in 1851, and renamed the Royal Station Hotel three years later after a stay by Queen Victoria.