West Bar Roundabout
The following description is extracted from an article by Alex Evans entitled ‘Halloween: Sheffield’s Top 10 most haunted places revealed’ which was published in The Star on 26 October 2015. ‘Several disturbing tales have been told by men working in buildings along West Bar and near the roundabout; and the vast majority have been put down to a strange, ethereal vision known only as Mr Porter.
Mr Porter was allegedly an attendant at the old cinema which once stood on West Bar roundabout, now the site of Armadillo Self Storage.
When the place was being refurbished, two electricians saw him walking past them into the toilet upstairs. One of the men followed him about to tell him it was closed off and to ask why he was there, and when he got to the toilet Mr Porter wasn’t there.
The electrician called down to his mate to ask if he’d seen him pass him, but he said he hadn’t seen anyone.
The staff reported to the manager that they’d seen flashing white lights coming out of the old projector room, but when they investigated the room was empty of any machinery.
They contacted Mr Porter’s old apprentice, whom they invited to the shop to explain about Mr Porter. When he entered the shop, he asked the staff if they were running the old projectors as he could feel the vibrations through the floor. He was then told the room was empty, but he insisted that he see the room for himself. When they got to the door, the sounds were loud as if they were running, but when they opened the door the room was empty and it had been burned out in an accident earlier in the week.’