8.10.09

BEER LOVING GHOST
GETS THE BOOT

A Hampshire pub landlady is calling in an
exorcist to get rid of a ghost which
she claims is topping up pints.

Janice McCormack, (below) 60, said: "I know it
sounds very strange. But it happens when
customers pop to the toilet or put their pint
down for a second or two, and when
they turn around there is an
extra inch of beer."

She has nicknamed the ghost 'Reedy' after legendary
actor and drinker
Oliver Reed and said he has
been haunting the
Apsley House in Southsea,
after she took over the lease ten years ago.


The generous ghoul has been mysteriously
re-fuelling the regulars' glasses since January.
Mrs McCormack, who runs the pub with husband
Patrick, said: "My regulars love it but it is costing me
because people are drinking less. We are getting
more people through the door but it seems to be
people expecting a cheap, never-ending pint."


To the disappointment of thrifty drinkers, she
now plans to hold a seance to ask the poltergeist
to quit, and if that fails, she will seek an
exorcist to get him out.


Regular John Sanders, 27, said: "I will certainly
miss old Reedy because he always keeps me
topped up. It is a novelty but if the pub is
loosing money then perhaps he'll have to
move to a different one."


The Apsley was formally a Victorian girls
school before being used by city councillors
as their offices and was turned into
a pub in the 1960s.



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