Stephen Holbrook: I'll be the link between this world and next
IT IS fair to say spiritualist medium Stephen Holbrook was alerted to his future career at very young age.
Now one of Britain's most popular mediums, he received a message from his granddad when he was aged nine.
He said: "I was in bed fast asleep and was suddenly woken at 4am by my granddad, who was at the foot of my bed.
"I had no idea how he could be there because I had recently been to visit him in hospital.
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"He said to me calmly 'I've just come to say goodbye'.
"Later that morning the hospital phoned to say my granddad had died that morning at 3.55am.
"That event seemed to be a catalyst for me, because after that I was able to hear the spirit world."
It was not until Stephen, 46, visited a spiritualist church when he was 16 that he started speaking to people in a bid to help them cope with the grief of losing a loved one.
He left school with no O levels but, he claims, a "degree in sensitivity".
Since then, he has travelled all over Britain and beyond, performing in Spain and Miami.
Now, he is heading to Hull for his evening of clairvoyance at the Mercure Royal Hotel in Ferensway, city centre, on Sunday, March 10.
He said: "It will be an emotional evening for people coming to see me.
"I act as a telephone exchange between this world and the next."
The former hairdresser says he brings comfort, humour and quite often shock to the person the message is for.
Despite three decades of performances, he says he has never had one evening in which he has struggled to get a message from the dead.
With all the believers, there are many who are sceptical about what he does.
"We get accused of everything from putting 'plants' in the audience to reading the bereavement columns in newspapers," he said.
"But at the end of the day, you come and watch it and I know at the very least you will leave uncomfortably challenged.
"There are the frauds around, as there are in any industry, but all I can say is I have done it for 30 years and have built up a reputation."
The father-of-three has no plans of slowing down.
He said: "I truly believe this rare ability has been given to me for a reason, and I feel it is a privilege to use it so I can help people in their search for proof that we do survive death.
"I hear voices from the spirit world but 10 per cent of my gift is seeing and 90 per cent is listening to the voices.
"I see myself doing this for as long as I can. It's a way of life more than an occupation.
"As long as I am healthy and well I will continue to do it – even if they have to wheel me out in front of the audience."