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Paranormal investigators called to Isle of Wight's Jimi Hendrix statue

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 7:36

PARANORMAL investigators are analysing mysterious activity around the famous Jimi Hendrix statue on the Isle of Wight.
Hendrix's last ever UK performance took place at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, and the bronze statue, located in the Island's Dimbola Museum and Galleries garden, was erected in 2006.
Islander Joe Heydon said he heard music coming from the area around the statue, and TV show Most Haunted had been contacted about it.
"Barely a night goes by when we aren’t serenaded by the spirit of Jimi and his famed guitar," he said.
"Just as I nod off it starts. If it’s not Purple Haze it’s All Along the Watchtower in all their psychedelic glory.
"The performance might only last a few minutes, but other nights it goes until dawn. It’s not particularly scary, but after a few nights of no sleep it does get frustrating.
"I'm not really a believer in ghosts, but this makes you really think. It was a really weird experience and freaked me out a bit.
"Apparently Most Haunted have been contacted and are keen to come down to the Island and find out what is going on."
Amateur ghostbuster Flora Pilo, from Freshwater, said she hoped to capture a spine-tingling performance from Hendrix.
She packed a camera and recording equipment and spent three nights camped at the foot of the statue.
Flora, 49, said: "I sat shivering in my sleeping bag praying that Jimi would put on a show, but nothing happened.
"I eventually gave up and went home for some much needed rest.
"My head had barely touched the pillow when I was woken up by the sound of Jimi playing Voodoo Child. It was like he was laughing at me."
Well known Island ghost hunter Marc Tuckey is keen to organise a tour of the Dimbola site.
Marc, who runs tour company The Isle of Wight Ghost Experience, said: "I’ve been hearing tales of these Hendrix performances for several weeks. I would love to experience one of his shows for myself.
"The West Wight area of the Island is renowned worldwide for its ghosts, spirits, poltergeists and apparitions.
"Jimi will have plenty of company and could easily look at forming a supernatural band from the many wild pirates and smugglers who frequent the area.
"We aren’t nicknamed Ghost island without good reason. I am led to believe that ancient ley lines — invisible energy lines which surround the whole globe — converge on the Island in a similar way to as they do at Stonehenge.
"Whether this is a factor or not, I don’t know. It’s a special place The Isle of Wight, and I’m not surprised Jimi feels at home here."

 


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