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Guildhall ‘ghost’ spooks Ulster Herald readers

Can you spot the Guildhall ‘ghost?’

Can you spot the Guildhall ‘ghost?’

A SPOOKY photograph published in last week’s Ulster Herald seems to have caused a bit of a stir amongst some of our readers.

The picture was taken by Kevin McAleer and related to a performance of the local ‘Together One Voice Community Choir’ at the Guildhall in Derry.

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The silhouette of a figure is clearly visible in the balcony above the choir – and a few worried Ulster Herald readers contacted our office convinced they had seen a ghost!

We asked Derry City Council if they could shed some light on the matter and a spokesperson confirmed there is in fact a famous ‘Guildhall Ghost,’ former staff member Sam Mackie who died in the 1960s and who was renowned for wearing a ‘soft checked hat’.

However, our ‘spook’ did not have a hat but Valerie Whitworth from the local choir has since solved the mystery.

Valerie, whose husband Kevin took the picture, confirmed that there was a wire mesh figure on the Guildhall balcony during choir’s performance.

She said, “I can confirm that it was not a ghost. This figure was definitely part of the Lumiere Festival. It was sitting up on the balcony, hopefully enjoying our performance.”

Together One Voice meets in L’Artisan Cafe, Castle Street, Omagh on Tuesdays from 7.30-9.30pm, starting January 21.

 

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