Nigel Parrott owner of Sweet Dreams in Great Yamouth refutes claims his business is haunted
PUBLISHED: 12:16 11 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:16 11 October 2017
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Is this the most haunted sweet shop in Great Yarmouth?
Not according to its owner Nigel Parrott who is at great pains to prove there is no need to fear flying liquorice torpedoes or to steel your nerves before going in.
The 56-year-old was bemused when people kept coming in and asking about ghoulish goings-on in his Sweet Dreams shop in Regent Street.
But it transpired the 18th century building was included on a ghost walk, where fans of all things supernatural were told that figures from its colourful past still made their presence known.
As a Christian Mr Parrott said he needed “to set the record straight” by putting a sign in the window refuting the presence of anything spooky.
And while he could not rule out the building had once been haunted, it certainly wasn’t now, he said.
The sign displayed in the window is addressed to all his “wonderful customers” and states that Jesus is the only spirit in his shop.
He said he was “absolutely amazed” at the response and interest which had gathered pace as Halloween loomed.
“All I wanted to do was put the record straight,” he said.
“I was not annoyed by it, I just wanted to make sure people knew that when a Christian comes in and Jesus is present no darkness can stay.
“People do comment on it and have been generally supportive when I have explained.”
As a sweet shop owner he takes no part in the Autumn festival seen by some as a commercial celebration of colourful confectionery.
His windows are decked out with poppies and medals for Remembrance Sunday and trimmed up for bonfire night.
But candy skulls, chocolate spiders and jelly eyeballs are definitely not among treats in store.
He said he had not experienced any bumps in the night but had had to clear out some paraphernalia left by previous occupants a year ago including a ouija board and tarot cards.
Madeleine Iliff who runs the Great Yarmouth Ghost Walks has offered her “sincerest apologies.”
She told Mr Parrott the building had been investigated by a local ghost-hunting group who had a number of experiences there and put it down to the historical figures who once lived and worked in Regent Street.