Oct 20 2007 By Lisa Adams
The Big Interview Tv's Favourite Ghost Hunter Cackles At The Memory Of Being Called A Witch By The Spooked Young Stars During The Latest Episode Of The Popular Supernatural Showcase
IT'S probably the last place on earth you'd expect to bump in to a suspected witch.
But TV ghost hunter Yvette Fielding is sitting at the hairdresser's having those trademark platinum blonde roots touched up as she cackles about her latest celebrity victims.
Boyband McFly are so spooked out by things that go bump in the night in an ITV2 special they run away before filming even finishes.
The youngest of the chart toppers, nineteen-year-old Dougie Poynter gets so scared exploring a haunted mine that he slams in to a wall and cuts his lip.
Bleeding and terrified he tells Yvette he thinks she's a witch who keeps trolls in her house.
"I actually do keep trolls in my house," laughs Yvette.
"But I don't think I look like a witch except maybe first thing in the morning.
The boys turned up in their own ghost busting outfits. We couldn't actually get them in to the taxi because of their huge proton packs. It was very funny.
"The bravest in the band was Harry. He tried to keep everybody together.
"Dougie was frightened from the word go. He looked terrified as soon as heturned up. He just wanted to run but Harry was saying, 'No, no take deep breaths' and was keeping everyone under control. But no one managed to last until the end. They couldn't cope."
McFly follow in the footsteps of Girls Aloud who last year braved a night of terror with mum of two Yvette, 39.
Holding your nerve while searching for the supernatural is a million miles away from where Yvette started out in show business aged 18 as the youngest Blue Peter presenter ever.
Sticky back plastic was never going to help the McFly boys when they reluctantly drove to Northumberland with the world's best known ghost hunter.
In fact it was hard work even persuading the boys to pull on their boots and leave the safety of the taxi. Killhope Mines - the haunted location for this week's show - date back to 1853 and there have been dozens of reports of paranormal activity since their closure in 1910.
Even school kids who tour the mines during the day have detected spirits, never mind venturing in at midnight.
Yvette recalls: "It is in the middle of nowhere. You drive up and you can see the old mill wheel going around. I took the boys to a doorway in the side of a cave. There were big iron gates and we had our wellingtons on and our helmets.
We were wading through about five inches of water and you couldn't see your hand in front of your face.
"There were these tunnels, just long long tunnels. It was really confusing and very claustrophobic. You kept banging your head."
That's when they started to hear banging noises and whispers of voices which sounded uncannily like school children.
"The poor lads were just terrified, absolutely terrified," says Yvette.
"When we heard this loud bang Dougie lost the plot completely and really looked like he was about to cry. He was so frightened. He knocked his hat off, went flying in to a wall and cut his lip open. There was a lot of swearing and requests to get me out of here right now."
It was the perfect time to tell the boys what teachers from a school party once reported.
Yvette adds: "They counted 12 school children in.
"But half way through the tour to make sure they had the right numbers they counted again and they counted 13.
When they left they counted 12 again. A lot of the children saw this little child in strange clothes and couldn't work out who it was."
Now the scene was set Yvette and her camera crew attempted to recreate some traditional Blair Witch project movie magic in nearby Killhope Woods and separated the boys for the first time. Twenty one year old guitarist Danny Jones' was sent off alone to a derelict groundsman's cottage in the middle of the forest.
Yvette says: "The story goes that a mother lost her son in the woods and they never found his body.
"You can often hear screaming and crying in the middle of the night. There was definitely something going on. Danny heard loud banging noises.
"Bless him, he was really brave. But when the banging got louder he couldn't bear it any longer and left very quickly."
McFly may be best known for number one hit singles including "Five colours in her hair", but the lads' final mission was to tap in to some lost soul music using an ouija board in a castle shrouded in bloody history on the border between England and Scotland.
"We took them down to the dungeons where soldiers were kept prisoner after ancient battles," Yvette explains.
"One soldier was thrown in there for something silly like stealing a piece of bread. The owner of the castle went off on a really long trip, forgot about the soldier in the dungeon and he ate his arm."
Then came the ouija board and spine chilling evidence of poltergeist activity.
"It's always important that they know I'm not pushing the glass of the ouija board so I start them off and then take my hand off the glass.
"And their little faces. It started moving around. One of the boys felt his head being touched and felt there was something behind him.
"We were pelted with stones and coins. A light bulb went flying. That's classic poltergeist activity."
That's when the boys decided they'd had enough and pleaded to be allowed to return to their hotel rooms.
At least Yvette and her husband Karl Beattie are black belts at karate so have a hope of warding off the spirit world. The couple who produce Most Haunted for Living TV via their production company Antix first met when Yvette was a presenter for the BBC documentary City Hospital and Karl was a cameraman on the show.
Rather sweetly he actually proposed to her on TV.
But today Yvette is best known for her bloodcurdling screams during more than 100 episodes and nine series of Living TV's smash hit, Most Haunted. She's lost count of the amount of spooky goings on they've uncovered.
But off camera Yvette reveals it's the terrors of this world which regularly make her break out in a cold sweat. Her next big challenge is trying to crack America.
"I'm about to go off and investigate the Winchester Mystery House in California," Yvette says. "It's for the Discovery Channel. We're doing a seven hour live show, non stop for the USA. It's tough going doing seven hours live and frightening as well. Never mind the ghosts. Nerves get to you. You think 'oh my god I've got to hold this together.'"
And those sort of nerves aren't helped by simply switching the lights back on. At least Yvette will have great hair and, if McFly's with craft suspicions are correct, she can rely on some magic to guarantee it all goes smoothly.
Ghost Hunting with McFly is on ITV2, Tuesday, at 9pm.
'Dougie lost the plot completely. He went flying into a wall and cut his lip open. There was an awful lot of swearing going on'