October 30, 2015

Manchester personalities battle it out as they investigate bumps in the night and raise money for Forever Manchester.

A group of intrepid ghost hunters will gather in the bowels of Manchester’s Palace Hotel this Halloween with a double job to do –  expose ghostly goings-on whilst raising cash for us.

Braving the dark corridors, on the evening of Saturday 31st October, will be Manchester entrepreneur and bar operator Ross Mackenzie, models Charlotte Dawson, Leonna Mayor and Sarah Amelia, DJ and magazine editor Emma Wilkinson, personality Jsky, Forever Manchester Ambassador Alan Townley and the charity’s own superhero Captain Manchester.

Guiding the group through their ghostbusting experience will be local ghosthunter, Stuart Marshall, working to find out exactly what is behind the recent spate of unexplained bumps in the night in this city centre location.


As Halloween descends, those taking part will be ceremoniously locked in the original underground vaults beneath the hotel and their only way out is to get friends and family to raise as much cash for Forever Manchester before they enter the vault!

Depending on how much money is in each competitor’s Just Giving account – they will either be released and whisked off to Forever Manchester’s Halloween Spooktacular at the Great Northern to party the night away, or locked up for even longer, until the last man or woman, standing is solo in the vault, on the eve of all hallows!

Ghostbuster Stuart has visited over 100 haunted locations all over the UK and has spent years searching for evidence of ghosts, spirits and other entities. Last year, he conducted the Lockdown for Forever Manchester underneath 53 King Street and the year before in The Corn Exchange giving him plenty of experience of Manchester spectres!

Stuart Marshall said: “Manchester has a very unique ghostly history and The Palace certainly has its fair share of stories – there is clearly something worth investigating and we are excited to have been brought on board and find out what’s been going on.”

Nick Massey from Forever Manchester added: “We salute all our contestants for facing their fears and raising money for us in this way. With a combined social media following of over 50,000 people we are hoping their followers will dig deep to ensure their swift release from the vault!”

All money raised will help us support fantastic community projects across Greater Manchester.


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ALAN TOWNLEY: @AlanTownleyJnr

Alan’s a Forever Manchester Ambassador and pro of business development and sales. Originally from Salford but now living in the city centre, Alan has worked in the professional community for the last 10 years. He has been nicknamed “Man about Town-ley” because he can be seen attending lot of events across the city.

“I could not think of ever working in or being anywhere else but Manchester because of the friendly aura about the place and the vibe that is made by the nightlife and shops. Manchester … Real life, real people.”


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Captain Manchester is Manchester’s very own superhero. His super power is kindness, though he doesn’t have a super power as such, he has powers which are super.

What is great about Captain Manchester is he could be anyone. Captain Manchester is just a “normal” guy who likes to do kind things for strangers. In the past this has included handing out brollies and ice creams.

Captain Manchester’s motto is “it’s cool to be kind”


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‘VIVA Ems’, editor of the highly successful Viva Magazine, is becoming a familiar favourite name round the bars and clubs of the North West spinning her hand picked, uplifting vocal and tech house. She has six festivals in her record bag already including Snowbombing, Parklife, Bestival, Eden Festival, Junction 16 and Beat-Herder.

She has Dj’d with Happy Mondays leading lady Rowetta and Howard Marks aka Mr Nice, and has also been the warm up DJ for Brandon Block, Fun Lovin Criminals and Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt.


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JSKY: @jskychat

Fashionista Jsky has been making quite a name for himself in Manchester for the past 2 years, regularly hitting headlines pictured with soap stars and TV personalities alike. His much loved appearance on the hit Channel 4 reality TV show First Dates captured the hearts of viewers, and his flamboyant sense of style and celebrity friends make him a tour de force on the social scene.

With over 200,000 unique hits on his blog, and over 300,000 total video views on his YouTube channel, singer/songwriter Jsky is the talk of the town.


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LEONNA MAYOR: @LeonnaMayor

Leonna was a very successful flat race jockey for a number of years with well over 30 wins, but injury forced her to change career paths.

She now presents on William Hill TV, is a sports ambassador for Dubai based RU ACTIVE  Sports Group, and has a number of high profile media projects planned for the remainder of 2015 and into 2016.



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Local entrepreneur and bar operator Ross Mackenzie started his career as a Hacienda raver and is now one of Manchester’s most well respected bar owners. Co-creator of the Black Dog Ballroom brands including Dog Bowl plus The Liars Club, Crazy Pedro’s and Cane & Grain Ross has shown Manchester many great nights out.




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SARAH AMELIA: @MissSarahAmelia

Sarah Amelia  is a stunning model, singer and actress. She recently wrapped filming in London on a new comedy drama , which will tx in 2016





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Stunning 23 year old Charlotte Dawson, is a well known celebrity Make-up Artist, Actress and Model.






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