I’M A Celebrity is battling a fresh crisis — over a fear of ghosts.
Crew members are refusing to work at night in certain areas of Gwrych Castle amid concerns over “shadowy figures” and “horrifying noises”.
Frightened production staff even claim to have seen faces at windows in ruined parts of the historic structure at Abergele in North Wales.
The panic threatens to disrupt filming as crew insist on moving around in groups once the light fades, which is when much of the action takes place.
An insider said: “People thought they saw a figure at one of the windows a couple of nights ago — and that spot has been pretty much off limits ever since.”
Another source claimed: “The place is utterly terrifying at night.
“Several of the crew are completely horror-stricken and don’t want to go up to the castle.
“There are lots of lights on the main sets but there are also many dark areas behind the scenes and some noises are extremely spooky.
“Even staff who don’t believe in that sort of thing are reluctant to go up to some of parts that were supposed to be used for running equipment and camera positions.
“If people keep getting scared, bosses are going to have to do something to combat it.”
Legend has it that the 19th-century home, with no electricity or running water, is haunted by the spirits of its former inhabitants.
These most notably include Winifred Bamford Hesketh, Countess of Dundonald, who inherited Gwrych from her father in 1894.
The aristocrat was married to Scots nobleman Douglas Cochrane, seven years her senior.
But she died of heart failure in 1924 at the age of 64 — and her surviving husband went out of his way to destroy her life’s memory.
As a result, it is claimed, she has bitterly patrolled the corridors of Gwrych from beyond the grave.
There have been several reported sightings.
These include, most famously, by Randolph Turpin, Britain’s world boxing champion from the 1940s and 1950s who was using the property as a training camp when he saw a woman crying.
When he allegedly spoke to her, she glared at him and immediately disappeared.
Mark Baker, chairman of the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust, said: “The countess has been seen quite a lot over the years.
“It’s such an atmospheric place, particularly at night. It’s so evocative that it incites one’s senses. If you’ve got a great imagination, you’ll start to step into the past.”
CORRIE ICON’S VAPE PRIVILEGE
CORONATION Street icon Beverley Callard, 63, has been allowed to vape in the I’m A Celebrity location.
The actress visits a designated area to get her nicotine fix as contestants are not allowed to smoke on screen due to Welsh laws about doing so on television.
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