This week’s line-up

Following on from last week’s success, we’ve another great line-up.

Wednesday 4th The famous (well, it’s going to be on TV next week) Schooner quiz. Great people, cool Quizmaster and free food. New quizzers always welcome. 8:30 start.

Friday 6th Barkin’ Billy and the Scrapyard Dogs will be bringing their unique style of rock ‘n’ roll and R&B to the Schooner. Our little pub will be rocking from 8:00!

Saturday 7th Something different for the Schooner, duo Jonny Sax will bring their magic to the pub. These guys will create the right mood by our fireside. 9:00 start.

Sunday 8th Beat Root Jam will be live in the Schooner around six. Expect extreme coolness, great beats and reggae.

The Schooner pizza burger challenge

Schooner pizza burgers are selling at a rate we could never have imagined. Today, we even had a takeaway order for 13!

So, we’d like to offer a new development in pizza burger-ness. For the brave of heart, that is.

How about a 32oz pizza burger? Served with a basket of Schooner chips, of course. All this for just £15.

This week in the Schooner

We’ve a lot going on in the Schooner this week:

Wednesday 29th The BBC will be filming in the pub all day, from before opening time until after closing. The Schooner will be featuring in the BBC’s Inside Out programme and the Inside Out team are going to film a typical day in the pub. This means that we’ll be open as usual this Wednesday. As regulars will know, Wednesday is the Schooner’s quiz night. The quiz starts at 8:30 and new teams or individuals are always welcome. Before the quiz, we’ll have a short acoustic set from Michael Rolf, 7:00-8:00.

Friday 31st The Odels will be live in the Schooner from 8:00. They’re the best you’ll see in Northern Soul and Motown, so why not check them out.

Saturday 1st The fabulous Palominos are providing the entertainment on Saturday night. Expect 40s swing, 50s rock n roll, 60s beat.

Sunday 2nd Fancy a satisfying Sunday lunch? Remember we serve a fantastic Sunday lunch at a modest price. We’d advise booking if possible; we were full to capacity last week. After a nice meal, what better way to spend the early evening that see the truly talented Russ Tippins perform live. If you’ve not seen him, he’s an incredible musician.

Supernatural happenings

After a few years of speculation, the question as to whether the Schooner has any other worldly residents may have been answered. Last night, Les Corney visited the pub, with his dog Shay. Les is a well known clairvoyant who’s appearen on numerous stage shows, a French TV series and MTV’s Charlotte Crosby show.

Les spent a few hours in the Schooner. He found no presence or energy in the bar itself, instead finding that the bar was welcoming and warm. Things changed when Les and Shay explored the rooms upstairs. On several occasions, Shay was visibly uncomfortable when climbing the stairs, preferring to remain on the ground floor. It was easy to jump to the conclusion that Shay had picked up the scent of some of the regular canine visitors to the pub. That would have been the case, of course, but she very clearly didn’t want to go upstairs.

Les set up his equipment, which involved sensors to detect any movement. He took short recordings at various points in his stay; we’ll add these soon.

After a while, Les detected a presence in the largest room, but this quickly disappeared. The same presence was then observed in the small, unused room. This room isn’t comfortable for a lot of people; it’s cold and dark. This observation was witnessed by one of our team, with the entity visible behind Les at one point. It then disappeared again.

Les was certain that this presence was a child. Les’s equipment confirmed this, with the capture of a video of figure of around four feet tall.

Soon after, one of the sensors on the landing, outside the room, was triggered – even though no one was near it at the time. Les used an App on his phone to detect any electromagnetic force (EMF), or energy from any entity. This soon detected a presence, with the energy being converted into sound by the App. There was a sound, a voice. This wasn’t clear, but the App associates the most relevant words to the sound. The first words were So sorry Harriet.

These were followed by others. We’ll not put the full text here in case any future investigators are influenced.

However, there was more that we can talk about. Some time later, Les found activity in the remaining room, visible at the front, right hand side of the pub.

With the aid of Les’s equipment, two entities were visible in the room; the one already seen and a smaller one. Here’s a screenshot.

Later, Les was able to confirm that both were children; Zachary and Harriet. He assures us that these entities are simply residual energy and, as such, aren’t manevolent.

There was a lot more to Les’s visit and we learned some important clues as to the pub’s past history. Other, more modern, names (Lynn and Trevor) were encountered, although no other presences were found. Perhaps these were more recent landlords, residents or customers.

Les’s experiences can be found on Instagram. He can be found under Halo Dimensions. We may write about this again.

Burns’ night

Gateshead has a strong connection with Scotland, you know. Some Schooner regulars may remember the famous battle between Malcolm of Scotland and William the conqueror, which occurred just around the corner to the pub. OK, so this actually happened just up the road on Sheriff Hill, but it’s a close enough link for us to celebrate Burns’ night this Saturday. After all, Malcolm of Scotland almost certainly called in the Schooner before the battle for a quick dram.

Anyway, we will have haggis.