Train passenger Sharon Parkinson was passing through Berwick station when she noticed the castle ruins and thought it would make a nice picture.
“It wasn’t until later that night when I was looking through my photos that I noticed it,” she said. “Obviously it is some strange reflection that gives the appearance of a ghostly head, but it was a shock to say the least!”
Source – Berwick Advertiser, 11 June 2015
A ghostly head ? To me it appears to be a sort of angel or fairy figure…
We are not alone in the North if the Ministry of Defence’s records of UFO sightings in the last decade or so is to be believed.
Scores of worried people have filed reports after fearing strange lights in the sky were evidence of little green men – with one person even claiming they’d seen an alien in their home.
Twenty six reports have been made of extra-terrestrial encounters since the year 2000, with fast moving, flashing lights the most common complaint.
These include someone in Carlisle who said “a UFO was seen and there was an alien in the witness’s house,” and in August 2004 at Greenside, near Ryton, Gateshead a report that cryptically says that the report is “only alien sightings above the house.”
Other “sightings” include “a three dimensional diamond shaped object, approx. size of a large helicopter,” at Wolsingham, Northumberland in 2005, and someone that called 999 after seeing an “orange ball shape going across the sky on a flight path” in November 2009.
In May 2003 someone reported a “black orb with five or six tassles underneath it” in Gateshead.
While someone else in Hetton-le-Hole was disturbed by “many lights seen up in the sky” in August 2006.
Some people were sure they had seen a UFO. One person reported “a black triangular UFO” that had three lights on Halloween in 2006.
Somebody else was concerned by “two bright orangey/red lights moving towards Durham Tees Valley Airport.” These lights “flew steady, level and straight”.
One of the more detailed accounts says “a silver pyramid that was rotating at a low speed and off centre” hovered over Sunderland in 2006.
Across the UK there were 1999 UFO sightings looked into by the Ministry of Defence between 2000 and November 2009, when the MoD stopped counting.
Nine people specifically mention aliens or something alien about their UFO sighting.
Elsewhere in the UK someone in Bristol reported that “a big alien craft” landed on their house in 2008. It then apparently flew off towards the city.
In April 2005 someone in Basildon said they saw a spaceship with grey aliens sitting on top of it above a bungalow.
Elsewhere in the North in 2001 brightly lit cone shaped objects were seen hovering and speeding along above Berwick, while in Darlington there were reports of “large number of lights flashing and moving around.”
A witness said: “There was white light – like a broad band and then tight! They made a circular sweep.”
While in Hartlepool in February 2009, someone reported that they “saw four spaceships that flew over the house into the sky.”
“They had a bright light that faded and was then gone,” he said. “They returned to the same spot they had come from.”
And even Middlesbrough has got in on the act, when in September 2008, a “large, silent craft” was said to have “had bright green lights and a blue light that was moving quickly through the trees.”
An organic hut at Holy Island, Northumberland, has been damaged by fire in what is thought to have been a deliberate attack.
Arsonists are believed to be behind a blaze that almost destroyed a unique attraction at Holy Island.
Seal Hut is a wood and stone structure positioned on a remote sand dune, which was created by visitors with items they had collected on the beach.
It also housed a book in which people could write their thoughts.
But the unusual hut’s roof was completely destroyed by a fire that broke out, on Wednesday.
And the blaze is believed to have been started deliberately. Northumbria Police have arrested and questioned a 49-year old man in connection with the fire.
News of the suspected arson has saddened regular visitors to the hut, but is hoped it can be re-built.
Patrick Norris, from Belford, who runs walking tours in the area : “It is sad. My feeling is if the surrounding walls which are just built up from stone off the beach are still there, people will start to put the roof back on again.
“In a couple of years time, it will once again become a place where you can sit inside and have your sandwiches. The whole organic process will start again.”
At just after 3pm on Wednesday, Humber Coastguard was notified of black smoke on the dunes by tourists and dispatched its island team.
Local coastguards searched the area and discovered the hut on fire.
They returned to the village where they met a Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service crew which had been dispatched from Berwick.
The coastguards transported the crew in their 4×4 vehicle to the hut, where the fire was put out after around 20 minutes having damaged the structure and destroyed its roof.
Discovered inside the hut were tyres, suggesting the fire had been started deliberately.
Seal Hut is is on the sand dune close to Caves Haven and Sandham Bay, roughly three miles from Holy Island village.
It is believed it first appeared around ten years ago although the reasons for its creation and who instigated it are a mystery.
The structure is said to be popular with tourists and walking groups, who take shelter from the elements inside, or use it as a palce to eat lunch and watch seals and other wildlife through its small window.
A book was left inside in which visitors would record their thoughts while it also contained visitor information and items people had left on the beach.
The hut is said to have grown over the years as people have added to it using driftwood washed up on the beach.
At one point, Natural England – which is responsible for the dunes on which the structure sits – dismantled the Seal Hut amid apparent health and safety concerns.
St. Rose of Lima’s Day. Patron saint of Peruvian nurses. A specialist niche, but someone had to colonize it.
1305 – Scottish patriot and hero William Wallace hanged, drawn and quartered in London. Quarters were then sent to Newcastle, Berwick, Stirling and Perth.
1926 – Rudolph Valentino died. Italian actor, and early pop icon. A sex symbol of the 1920s, Valentino starred in several well-known silent films including The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Sheik, Blood and Sand, The Eagle and Son of the Sheik. His sudden death at age 31 caused mass hysteria among his female fans, further propelling him into icon status.