Is mystery figure in white a ghost?
Is this a ghost? Check the original picture below and
An artist has asked Thanet Extra readers to help him solve
a spooky mystery.
Malcolm Baker contacted us after a spotting a figure dressed in
white on a photo he took of Kingsgate Castle in Broadstairs.
The figure is standing looking out to sea, close to chalets
below the castle in Kingsgate Bay Road, on a day when Mr Baker
insists there were very few people around.
He is convinced the figure is that of a nurse in 1950s uniform,
carrying a tray, although there have been reports of a ghostly nun,
also dressed in white, on the beach below.
Mr Baker said: “There might be a totally innocent explanation,
but it was very strange.
“It was a really horrible cold and wet day in December 2010, and
I went to take the photos as I wanted to paint a picture of the
“I made a note of the fact that there was no-one around at all
because of the weather.
“I took three photos in very quick succession and the figure
only appears in one.
“If it had been someone standing outside the chalets, especially
dressed in bright white clothing at that time of year, I am in no
doubt I would have noticed, even if it was briefly.
“I didn’t see anyone at the time, it was only recently when I
got the photos out to start on the painting again.
“There is a fence near the chalets but it appears that the
figure is further forward.”
The Thanet Extra asked a professional photographer to verify the
image, and she confirmed that the three photos were taken less than
two minutes apart.
Coincidentally, musician Dan Smith from Margate contacted the
Thanet Extra in October last year to ask if we had heard any
rumours about ghosts in the area.
He had been on the beach shortly after sunrise, writing a
When he looked up, he saw a nun dressed in white approximately 200
Before he had chance to tell the friend he was with, the nun
disappeared. A BBC drama, Whistle And I’ll Come To You, which
featured John Hurt being haunted by a figure in white, was filmed
at the beach in October 2010 and screened over Christmas that year,
but neither of these sightings coincide with the filming dates.
Have you seen or heard of any spooky goings on in the
Kingsgate Castle area – or can you explain what the figure really
is? See Malcolm Baker's original picture
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