Spooked cafe staff have released eerie CCTV footage showing the moment a milk jug was mysteriously ‘thrown’ from a shelf.
It is the latest in a series of strange goings on at Rivington Village Green Tea Room, fuelling long-running ghost theories and a belief that the popular family-run venue is ‘haunted’. The incident happened on New Year’s Eve after they had closed.
In the clip, something can be seen falling off a shelf in the bottom right-hand corner. Although it cannot be fully seen, staff say this was a small glass milk jug.
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It comes after other mysterious occurrences in recent years, including other items falling and being moved as well as a face being seen in a cloud of fog outside the building. A psychic once told staff at the picturesque village cafe that there was a friendly ghost living in the building called Annabelle.
Co-owner Jade Tolen told the M.E.N that she checked the CCTV cameras from her mobile phone and saw a milk jug that had been stored under the counter on the floor. She rolled the footage back and saw it mysteriously fly off the tray where it had been left.
She said: “I thought to myself that’s unusual. It was left on a tray that has a lip so it’s not like it has just slipped off.
“And they weren’t stacked on top of each other. They’ve never fallen off before.
“I did wonder about vibration but I checked and there were no cars or anything outside at the time. Rivington was peaceful and quiet. There is then a kind of flash of light beforehand.”
Jade added: “It is very strange, but you get an awful lot of strange things happening here. One of our chefs who worked here for 13 years recently and we have been saying ‘oh that must have been Brian.'”
Jade’s grandmother Elise Kent, now 85, took over the cafe in 1972 and it has been in the family since with Jade, 31 running it with mum Jayne, 64. And it is not the first thing that has made them suspect the super-natural could be at work.
In 2020 Jade said what appeared to be a face could be made out in what was thought to be fog captured on the CCTV cameras inside the building. While in 2021 the footage also captured what appeared to be a cloud in the middle of the dining area.
“We’ve had suspicions for years,” Jade said. “I am constantly finding things that have been moved or things that have fallen off shelves in the upstairs stockroom. But that doesn’t have CCTV so I haven’t been able to show people before.
“There was once I was waiting for a workman and I was sure someone came past me and went up the stairs. I don’t like being in here on my own put it that way.
“We regularly have psychic medium nights and I said I felt like I was being watched and they said ‘you are.’ There’s a ghost who lives here called Annabelle but she’s friendly and she’s pleased at what you’ve done to improve the place.
“I’m not sure I am 100 percent convinced. But a group called Para-Northern has also done stuff here and they say they’ve heard stuff. It makes you think.”
There is speculation the building in the picturesque village may have been used used to store ammunition in the world wars with Para-Northern saying they encountered an American pilot during one of their visits.
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