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Former MP raven on about ghost

NICK BRAMHILL

FORMER MP Lembit Opik has revealed the most chilling moment of his life. The Bangor born Lib Dem has taken 10 years to open up about the haunting memory of when he looked into the eyes of the ghost of an old family friend — in the shape of a huge raven. He recalled the eerie evening when the bird flew into his remote home, paused and stared at him — at the exact moment his pal passed away. Opik is convinced to this day that the bird was his close friend called Clifford from childhood in Northern Ireland. According to ancient myth, the appearance of a raven signifies a death of someone close. But Lembit, who was MP for Montgomeryshire in Wales at the time, is certain the spirit of his friend passed into the bird before moving on. Lembit, who outside politics is best known for his brief engagement to Cheeky Girl Gabrielle Irimia, has revealed his paranormal experience in a TV documentary to be screened this week.

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PARANORMAL: Lembit’s experience “It was terrifying. I pushed open the door and was ready to confront the intruder — and then I saw it. There was a raven. It was an enormous bird. As soon as I saw it, I remembered the mythology of ravens and thought, 'Someone I know has died'. “That was my instant thought and I felt pretty much immediately that the raven was some kind of messenger. My real priority was to get the raven out of the house. So I opened the front door and dining room door and stood in the darkness and stared at the bird and it stared back. Then it flew out the front door and headed off in a straight line out of sight, while I stood there watching it disappear.” Lembit, 46, then made a note of the time, 5.05pm. “The following afternoon I got a call from a friend of the family and she told me she had some bad news. She said, ‘Clifford died last night. I said, ‘What time?' She said, ‘Just after 5pm'.” n Lembit speaks candidly about his supernatural encounter in Celebrity Ghost Stories UK on the Biography Channel this Thursday at 10pm.

Sunday Life 29 MAY 2011

LAUREN: Performed Florence song

HOLLY: As Annie singing Tomorrow

THERE was no Cheryl Cole style lip-synching at the final of Sunday Life's School Stars competition as school children from across the country took to the stage for the nail biting live show-down to find Northern Ireland's most talented teens. Showcasing their amazing song writing, singing and piano playing skills, Limavady High School duo Bobby Harvey and Rachel Gleeson took the top prize and their first steps on the road to fame. The girls took a risk per- ANNIE: As Dorothy from Wizard of Oz forming a ballad they had written themselves but, with a sang Tomorrow from Annie. polished, mature performThe little girl with the powance, they were the worthy erful voice donned a red curly winners of the coveted trophy wig and captivated the audiand £750 prize money. ence with a mesmerising perLast year's winners of the formance. Annie Laverty event, run by JW Promotions meanwhile dressed as in association with Sunday Dorothy from the Wizard of Life, from St Patrick's Oz to perform Somewhere Grammar School in Over the Rainbow. Downpatrick returned to the Hundreds of proud relacontest this year and took sec- tives enjoyed the thrilling ond place. The school has a final in Belfast which was proud history in School Stars hosted by Hugo Duncan. having produced three winThe country singer said he ners in four years. was stunned by the talent on Kevin Burns, Abraham show and offered some words McCauley, both 17, Matthew of encouragement to the Campbell, 15, and new addi- young stars. tion Luke Hannah, 15, rocked “It's been wonderful to see out to Jimmy Eat World's The how much talent we have in Middle and were thrilled to be Northern Ireland,” he said. “I taking a trophy back to have entered many talent Downpatrick. shows in my life and won And, representnone of them! ing the world of “I think losing is an place in the final, from talentmusical theatre apprenticeship for a ed Zara Devlin from was 12-year-old music career. Just Drumragh Integrated College Holly McConville because you don't in Omagh who impressed from Lismore win tonight doesn't with a stunning rendition of Comprehensive mean it is over.” Lady Gaga ballad Speechless College in There were 15 acts to super cool Michael Buble-aCraigavon who competing for the like Gil Young from prize and each one Knockbreda High School. FANS: Lady Gaga deserved their Representing Cambridge

House in Ballymena Lauren Hannah and her band gave a fantastic performance of Florence and The Machine's Dog Days while the boys from Ballynahinch High, St Patrick's, Maghera and De La Salle College all won themselves legions of new female fans!

ARTISTS: Sean McCarragher sang Michael Jackson, Gil Young as Michael Buble, Aoibheann, Aisling, Hayley and Lorna at event, and Matthew, Kevin, Abraham and Luke rocked for Downpatrick


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