David Jason recalls ‘haunting’ encounter at home with ‘eerie sound of footsteps’

Sir David Jason feared he was being haunted at his ancient house.

The Only Fools And Horses star, 82, drove himself demented with fright over spooky noises and cutlery disappearing from the kitchen at his 18th-century farmhouse.

His first recent ‘haunting’ came when he went stir crazy during the coronavirus lockdown at his pad near Wendover, Bucks.

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In his new book The Twelve Dels Of Christmas, he explained: "There was that episode I recorded in my last memoirs, involving a moving chair which, in a frenzy of terror (and while, I should probably add, driven quietly nuts by self-isolation during lockdown), I interpreted as poltergeist activity.

"But it actually turned out to be one of the dogs who had crept into the room silently and guiltily (knowing she was not really meant to be there) and who had slid under the chair’s legs and was trying to get comfortable there, as subtly as possible."

He said he also spent "a couple of years at least" being spooked by items mysteriously disappearing from his kitchen, including bottles of Diet Coke that would keep “appearing and then disappearing from the fridge".

David added: "Mugs and other bits of crockery, similarly, would vanish from the kitchen and not reappear for ages".

He would hear "the front door opening and closing and the eerie sound of footsteps on the staircase in the middle of the night".

But the actor – who became a dad for the first time aged 61 when his then-girlfriend Gill Hinchcliffe had their baby girl Sophie May – said about finding out it was all down to his child: "I realised that wasn’t ghosts, that was having a teenage daughter."

It comes after David recalled the time he nearly died after choking on his breakfast in a near-fatal incident at home.

He swallowed a pip by mistake and went "purple" after it lodged in his throat and feared he would come a cropper.

The actor says in his book that he eventually managed to stop choking but had feared the worst.

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He said: “Frankly, I was grateful on that particular morning to be breakfasting unaccompanied.

“There are times when a man is better off dining alone, and one of those times is when he is busy hacking up a grapefruit pip that’s got stuck in his throat and, in the process, pebble-dashing the surrounding kitchen with bits of fruit and other parts of his recently ingested breakfast."

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