Scraping noises and objects mysteriously flying off the shelves are some of the spooky happenings at a Lynn department store.
Staff at the Debenhams shop in High Street have come to accept the spectral occurrences of the resident ghost as part of a regular day’s work.
A sudden chill, loud bangs, the rustle of clothes and a strong smell of parma violets often signal that the ghost, who workers have affectionately named as Henrietta, is nearby.
Henrietta is believed to have haunted the store after hanging herself in an undertakers which once stood on the High Street site near the body of her fisherman lover. But she does not appear to be a malevolent presence but a prankster.
Personal shopper Debbie Turner, who has had a few experiences of Henrietta’s naughty side during her 12 years at the store, said: “She is definitely mischievous. No-one has ever felt threatened or anything like it.
“A few years ago I was on the home floor and putting some stock out when I had the sensation someone was behind me.
“I looked behind me a couple of times but there was no-one there.
“Then some pillowcases I had put on the shelf had started fly off. They fanned off one by one.
“ I remember standing there thinking that someone was going to be there but there was no-one.”
Other staff have reported boxes of quilts which were securely stacked in the stockroom ending up on the floor with a big bang.
Staff regularly hear the rustling of clothes in the stockroom as though someone is walking past but there is no-one else was in the room.
Mrs Turner, who is not spooked by her experiences, has also seen a mysterious figure walking across the store along with a sudden strange smell.
She said: “Occasionally there has been a strong smell of parma violets. I heard that you normally know when she is about as there is a smell of parma violets.
“On another occasion, we were getting ready to close up and were in lingerie department. We heard a bang in the stockroom above us and then a scraping noise going across.
“We looked at each other and realised no-one else was in the store. It is impossible to go across the stockroom due to rails and cages.”
Her son Christopher also had a spooky incident when he worked at the store several years ago.
Christopher and another member of staff were locking up one night in different parts of the store when he suddenly received a phone call from a woman he believed to be his colleague.
Mrs Turner said: “He was asked to pop up to the stockroom to shut the windows as she couldn’t reach.
“When he got up there the windows were closed and the stockroom was in darkness.
“He went back downstairs and asked his colleague about the windows and she knew nothing about it.”