Spooky video reveals tale of 7ft tall ghost called Mr Fox who haunted Sheffield nightclub in the 70s

The spooky story of a haunted nightclub lured a national TV reporter up to Sheffield in 1970.

By Julia Armstrong
Monday, 15th March 2021, 3:02 pm
Nationwide reporter Jack Pizzey speaking, with the club in action behind him
Nationwide reporter Jack Pizzey speaking, with the club in action behind him

A video released to The Star by the BBC’s archive shows a report for the evening news programme Nationwide on January 29, 1970.

Reporter Jack Pizzey begins by claiming that the city doesn’t have much nightlife but a new nightclub had recently opened up. He never gives the club’s name. Maybe Star readers can help figure it out.

The reporter says a ghost has been seen by lots of staff in the club, which has a casino and a restaurant.

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Big Derek tells his scary story of meeting Mr Fox

Doorman Big Derek, 6ft 4in tall and 20 stone, tells of how he reacted to seeing a 7ft apparition: “I didn’t do anything at that particular second. I was very, very frightened, actually.

"It was the first time I’d actually seen it or had any dealings with it before.”

Jack says that worker Renee was pushed in the back by the ghost and that chef Vittorio’s “beautiful clothes” were thrown around inside a locked room.

Tables and chairs had been turned upside down and a roulette wheel was found spinning by the night watchman.

Another male member of staff says he fled when he saw the ghost turn and look at him.

A medium called in said it was an old man wearing a flat cap who was looking for a shop with three bull’s eye windows that was on the same site beofre the war.

The ghost’s name was Mr Fox, said the medium.

Reporter Jack interviews a vicar, who tells of going from room to room – including the loo – wishing peace upon the building, celebrating the Eucharist and sprinkling holy water everywhere.

However, the ghost was still being seen.

Sitting at the bar with the nightclub in full swing, Jack wonders if Mr Fox simply disapproves of modern nightlife.

Watch the film ">here.

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