You might be surprised to find out that Manchester Airport, which serves 28 million passengers a year, is also home to a few frightening ghosts.
When you think of a place haunted by spirits of the past, usually a crumbling down castle or a menacing graveyard come to mind.
You hardly expect a very busy international airport to be inhabited by phantoms and ghosts.
But Manchester Airport appears to be just that, and it’s even been reported that it might be one of the most haunted airport in the world.
Before the airport became what we know to be the glorious place where 6am pints are not only allowed but expected it was an RAF airbase.
While the war broke out across Mainland Europe, what was then called RAF Ringway was used as a base to defend North West England from Nazi bombs.
Since then, travellers and employees have reported supernatural figures and unexplained phenomena within the airport walls – personally the most extraordinary thing that’s happened to me in the airport is paying up to the odds for a pint of Carlsberg.
Many people have reported coming face to face with a pilot wearing an RAF suit wandering aimlessly around Terminal 3, looking very confused as if something horrible happened to him.
It is believed this man was either shot down while engaging the enemy in combat or in a tragic accident. However, no one has ever been able to figure out exactly who this guy is.
According to archive documents dating back to the 1970s, some staff were so scared by the unexplained goings on they didn’t want to go out into Terminal 3 alone after dark.
Over the years staff reported that they would often hear slamming doors, but when they went to investigate they would find empty rooms with the lights off.
One worker claimed to have seen someone in a pilot’s hat wandering into the toilets at night, but when he went into the toilet no one was there and the motion-sensitive lights hadn’t come on – furthermore, no flights were due to arrive or depart at the time.
The next haunting character of the airport is The Night Watchman. He wears an airport security uniform, and was seen by a former member of the airport management crew. When he attempted to talk to the figure, he simply vanished into thin air.
The worker was so haunted by the events he resigned without any explanation, and he’s not the only one who has seen this figure.
It’s believed the watchman is a security guard from the ’60s who had tragically died of a heart attack on shift.
This guy has been known to cause trouble in the men’s bathroom near the international terminals, including following people into the bathroom and pounding on the door demanding for them to hurry up.
That’s not all, Manchester Airport is reported to be home to Roman Soldiers.
Rumour has it that figures of Roman soldiers in full battle gear have appeared on the runway before, looking so real that flights have had to wait until they it’s determined they’re not actual people, blocking the runway.
So what do you think, could Manchester Airport really be haunted? Let us know if you’ve ever experienced any spooky goings on at the airport in the Facebook comments.
Inside the Wigan home ‘frozen in the 1970s’ that’s on the market for the first time ever
This is ICONIC!
If you love the ’70s you’ll love this house that is going on the market for the first time, which will transport you to the decade of platforms, flares and shag pile carpet.
The family home in Wigan is thought to be going on the market for the first time ever, but inside is a ’70s lover’s dream.
Throughout the entire house is décor from the decade, including a retro orange sofa, plenty of frosted glass and shag carpets of course.
It’s three bedroom and is tucked away in Parbold on Croasdale Drive.
Estate Agent Regan and Hallworth say that ‘despite requiring extensive modernisation’ the house ‘has an undeniably timeless appeal’.
You’ll also find teak wood storage units in just about every room, and plenty of earth-toned accessories throughout.
There’s a huge copper fire place in the living room complimented by dark brown walls and a patterned ceiling.
The kitchen is covered with white cabinets with a wood trim, an unusual corner sink situation, plus a fitted microwave on the lower half of the cabinets.
The bathroom is covered in dark marble tiles and a frosted window above the bath, complimented by gold furnishing and trims on both the toilet and sink – plus a gold shower!
For all the quirky features the house is actually surprisingly minimalist, it’s bright and has a big open plan living room.
It’s also been designed with an upside-down layout meaning the bedrooms are on the ground floor while the living room is on the second floor, taking advantage of the views over the trees.
The house is located on a leafy lane and features a glass-front, extensive driveway space with a double garage and plenty of greenery to enjoy from your orange sofa.
Regan and Hallworth add: “We don’t believe that ‘Beech Hill’ has ever been on the open market before and offers an incredibly rare opportunity for a wide range of buyers to purchase a home of true distinction with tons of potential without having to pay the huge premium you normally expect to pay to live in one of West Lancashire’s most sought after locations.
“Available with the added benefit of no upward chain, early viewing is highly recommended.”
Offers are in excess of £400,000. Find out more info here.
A look back at Manchester’s greatest nightclubs and venues
How many have you been to?
Over the years numerous iconic nightclubs, bars and pubs have disappeared from Manchester. Some of these venues have been legendary, others, well, were just a bit dodgy.
Either way, if you visited one it will have left a lasting impression – whether this is positive or negative is another question entirely.
With that in mind, what better time to take a little trip down memory lane and remember some of the forgotten clubs of our city. Enjoy…
Piccadilly 21s was a ‘90s party paradise located in Piccadilly Gardens. It had a reputation for being very loud, very messy and very sticky, with cheap drinks to boot – there were even chandeliers in the bogs.
Unfortunately it also had a reputation for being rough as owt, after it managed to attract gang members and other unsavoury clientele in the late ‘80s and 90s, and it eventually shut down in 2004.
These days it’s a Premier Inn and a Nando’s – so the floors are probably just as sticky to be fair.
Besides having a name which would prove a branding nightmare for modern PR-led venues, Rotters boasted some of the best parties in the city, after it took over the site from Romanoff’s.
Located at the top of Oxford Road, in the ‘70s and ‘80s Rotters was a hugely popular nightclub, especi
It was housed inside the old Gaumont Cinema, and sadly the whole building was demolished in 1990 and replaced by an NCP car park.
Pips, located behind the cathedral, was a popular nightclub in the ‘70s, and was frequented by local musical celebs like Joy Division, Ian Brown, Morrissey and Johnny Marr.
It boasted four different rooms playing a variety of music, including a Punk room, Soul room and the infamous Roxy room with a huge Brian Ferry painting on the wall.
Pips closed in the early ‘80s before becoming a club called Konspiracy – which closed not long after.
The Plaza was one of the city’s most popular venues to dance to the likes of Sinatra and Elvis in the ‘60s, and was located on Oxford Street.
Owned by Jimmy Savile, the disgraced DJ pioneered lunchtime disco sessions for the city’s young workers, where you could grab a quick lunch and soft drink while having a dance.
It later turned into Tiffany’s in the ‘70s, complete with fake palm trees and loads of disco balls, before finally becoming Tropicana, which closed in the late ‘80s. It’s now a Pizza Express.
We couldn’t do a list of iconic Mancunian nightclubs and not include what is arguably one of the most famous venues in the world.
Founded by Tony Wilson in 1982, the Hacienda managed to define a whole era in the city, putting ‘Madchester’ on the map. Acid House and rave culture was born here – as were New Order and the Happy Mondays.
The club closed in 1997 and was demolished 18 months later, with a block of nondescript red brick flats now on the site – called The Hacienda Apartments.
Jilly’s was a Manchester institution. Originally called Fagin’s, it opened in 1970 on Oxford Road before being renamed Jilly’s in 1983, eventually adding Rockworld to the end.
The alternative club was always packed full with a cross section of people with a passion for guitar music, including punks, skaters, goths, metalheads, and indie kids.
Underneath was another club called the Musicbox – previously Rafters – but sadly both venues shut their doors back in 2010.
There’s a hidden tranquil waterfall located in the hills above Rochdale
This looks so peaceful!
If you’re after some tranquillity in your life (let’s face it – we all are), this is the perfect escape and it’s not too far away from Manchester.
Tucked away in the hills above Norden in Rochdale is a beautiful waterfall surrounded by luscious woodland, and its the perfect weekend walk.
Naden Valley is home to four huge reservoirs Naden Higher, Naden Middle, Naden Lower and Greenbooth, which all offer perfect exploring options and ample walking opportunities.
From the top of the valley you’ll find stunning views of Manchester city centre’s skyline towering over the hills in the distance.
The trickling waterfall is in the southwestern corner of Greenbooth reservoir, and is actually heading towards the United Utilities-owned reservoir after running through a housing estate.
There are clear circular footpaths around each reservoir that are perfect for a gentle stroll and are mostly accessible.
There are several flights of stairs to reach the waterfall which is slightly off path and requires a bit of careful exploring.
If waterfalls are your thing, you could also head to Rivington Pike’s forgotten Japanese Gardens just outside of Chorley.