My parents often told me of paranormal stories that have happened to my family. Some are strange, some are scary and some are heart warming. The first story is a tale about my Great Grandmother and her long deceased husband.
My great grandmother's name was Martha and she married when she was very young. Her husband was 20 years older than her and they were married for a long time but eventually her husband died. Martha was heartbroken. Long after he died my grandmother (who was very young at the time) began hearing loud thumps outside at night. This scared her but Martha often comforted her. Martha herself was not scared of these sounds but glad. I believe it was her husband but that's not all that happened.
Time passed and the noises stopped. Martha had a big tree in her back garden where her husband would often sit under on a wooden stool. One morning, Martha told my grandmother that she saw her husband sitting on the stool the previous day. I believe that it was her husband.
Another story is of my granddad's father. His name was Joseph and he was a cooper and a mechanic. One night he was walking home from the pub with his freind, and he had to move off the path to let a passer by walk past him. He told his freind to do the same but his freinds reply was there was no-one on the path. Joseph looked and saw he was right. Another time Joseph was working on a car. He took it out for a test drive but the car cut out. A few minutes later the bridge he was due to drive on collapsed. If the car did not cut out, he may have driven over it when it collapsed.
These are a few of many stories. I believe in ghosts but when it comes to these stories I have an open mind and if any one has an explanation I'd love to hear it.