A mysterious moving bottle - caught on Rochester Hotel's CCTV falling off the bar by itself twice in a row - has some pointing to the super-natural for explanation.By Elaine Cooney
Rochester’s Moore Street has always been a haven for ghosts but last month at the Rochester Hotel a few residents became spooked.
Owner Denise Conway was standing outside the bar when she heard a group of women screaming.
An empty bottle fell from the bar when no-one was near — or any draft to blow it over.
Mrs Conway could not understand the hysteria but when the woman returned the unbroken bottle to the bar counter, it fell again a few minutes later.
She remained sceptical but later watched the CCTV footage which shocked her.
‘‘You could see it sliding across the bar and it fell, but didn’t break,’’ she said.
This happened twice.
‘‘When I actually saw the thing, it was spooky.’’
Mrs Conway placed an empty stubby on the bar and banged the counter and even fanned it with her hand to demonstrate that there was not a slope on the counter.
She is no stranger to the Rochester Hotel ghost and believes it is friendly.
A psychic once told her it was a homeless man from the 1900s.
She said Sunday nights were usually when this mysterious being made himself known.
‘‘He’s not trying to scare you, maybe he just wants everyone to clear off,’’ she laughed.
She said over the years, hotel residents spoke to her about strange things happening at night.
‘‘There is one room in particular where everyone asks if someone has died there,’’she said.
They describe the room as having a ‘‘cold feeling’’.
Guests also said they heard the noise of a chariot in the hallways and sometimes the taps would come on by themselves.
‘‘A lot of customers say they can hear water running,’’ she said.
She had the plumbing checked and said she could guarantee it was not due to a fault in the water system.
The sound of a chair scraping along the floor downstairs was another common sound.
When the family come downstairs, a chair is often pulled out like someone has been sitting there, even though everyone was in bed at the time.
Mrs Conway said sometimes the smoke detectors went off when no-one was smoking.
The spookiest experience she had in the bar was a Sunday night last year when she was closing the bar.
Mrs Conway was standing by the bar in front of the closed glass doors to the restaurant speaking to two customers when the door opened and closed a few seconds later.
‘‘It felt like someone walked past and went into the dining area,’’ she said.
‘‘It felt like they went in and shut the door.’’
One of the customers insisted it was her husband Wayne, but he was away that weekend.
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