I have never believed in ghosts until I stayed at my friend's house over the summer. What I experienced there has convinced me that ghosts are real.
My friend lives in Leeds and her father believes that the house is built on an old battleground. In the garden there is also a small patio that was made from slabs that came from a church. Before I stayed over my friend had vaguely told me that their house was haunted by spirits but I never thought anything would happen.
The first night I was there apart from a feeling that something was watching me whilst I was in bed nothing happened. However the next night myself and my friend was in bed, as were the other members of the family, when we heard sounds from the attic. It sounded like somebody was rolling marbles across the floor and there was several loud bangs. After around half an hour everything was silent and my friend fell asleep. I felt very uneasy and had the feeling of being watched. I finally managed to fall asleep but woke at around three in the morning to the feeling of a heavy weight on me. My friend was in bed beside me and I tried to reach out to her but I felt like I had been paralysed, I opened my mouth to scream but nothing came out. I don't know how long I was like that, it felt a very long time, but eventually I felt the weight lift off me and I could then reach over and wake my friend. She told me that her sister and experienced the same thing (we were sleeping in her sister's room) and that it only seemed to happen on the side of the bed near the door. We swapped sides of the bed and I slept through the rest of the night without incident.
The next day I told my friend's father about what had happened and he said that throughout 18 years of living there many strange things had happened. People had experienced the sensation of being sat on, a woman in white had been seen walking up and down the stairs, my friend had heard the voice of a man in her ear telling her to get out whilst she was dressing, and there was often noises heard from the attic. A spiritualist had been to the house before and had told him that there was the ghost of two children in the attic, a lady who meant no harm and also another spirit that had ill feelings towards the family. She had given them candles to burn and this stopped the incidences for a while before they started again.
That day me and my friend were alone in the house when I felt something stroking the skin of my neck which was followed by a very strong smell of aftershave. I went home that evening as I did not want to spend another night in the house, but I believe in what I experienced and that has what has convinced me of the existence of ghosts.