A spooky gathering to raise money for a North Staffordshire charity failed a world record attempt – after the rain kept spirts away. They had been hoping to set a new record for the number of ‘ghosts’ in the same place.

Participants were asked to turn up in long white sheets with eye holes cut out of them with the previous record standing at 560 ghosts. The event had been organised in Manchester to raise money for Kidsgrove-based Greyhound Gap.

Sadly, the weather didn’t hold out and just 100 people attended. But that didn’t spoil the atmosphere, with young people, families and even ghoulish hounds getting involved.

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Many were forced to keep wrapped up as the rain hammered down, complete with hats, scarves and brollies. Even a police officer, who was one of four monitoring the event, joined in the fun, donning his cap and neon vest over a white sheet, the MEN reports.

Organiser Dr Brian Sterling-Vete thought the weather might have put some people off. Despite the low turnout, many enjoyed the event and when participants were asked to ‘boo’ like a ghost, it was met with a lot of laughs.

“It gives us a chance to bring the community together and try to break a world record,” said Brian, a Guinness World Record holder and founder of the unique Manchester-based international Paranormal Rescue organisation.

“It’s been a lot of fun, and we thank those who attended today. Sadly the weather might have put people off, but we hope to come back next year bigger and better.”



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Vickii Small, 37, and her partner attended after seeing adverts for the event on social media.

“We saw it and thought it might just be a bit of fun,” she said. “We stopped at Asda to get some sheets on the way over and then we came along. It’s nice to see so many people, it’s just a shame about the weather.

“We will definitely be back next year, we can hopefully help break the record.”

Also joining in the fun was Brian’s partner, Helen Renee Wuorio, co-founder of Paranormal Rescue and author, and their ghost-hunting dog, Bond.

She said they regularly get calls to various spooky sightings not only in Manchester but across the globe. With the help of Bond, a seven-year-old Greyhound, they claim to detect the supernatural. “Usually he’s a really calm dog, but if we go into a room and he suddenly starts barking, we know something is there,” Helen said.

Helen and colleagues from the group were collecting money for the dog rescue charity, The Greyhound Gap, where Bond had been rescued.

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