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About 9 years ago me and a mate used to go to this caravan site a couple of miles up the coast from were I used to live. During the summer we used to drink in the sites pub called the Mermaid, booze on the beach and chat up the holiday maker's daughters etc. One year, a couple of months after the summer crowds had left, we'd gone to the bonfire that they have there to watch the fireworks and generally just join in with festivities. We ended up staying late, just wandering about the site before finally ringing a taxi and waiting for it outside the Mermaid, inside the doorway of a rundown toilet block near the edge of the cliff. It was quiet but there were still a few people about.

Anyway after a couple of minutes of us standing there, I'd seen something at the cliff edge, in a shallow ditch around 30 yards away; it looked like the start of a fire and I mentioned it to my mate - I remember saying 'What the hells that!', and I think his response was something along the lines of 'I don't even want to think about what that might be'.

We carried on watching and the fire grew until finally something blue became apparent in its center. I couldn't tell what it was at first but it quickly materialized. It or rather 'he' was a man in a blue boiler suit (with shoulder straps), wearing a tan cowboy hat and an orange shirt and he was digging hard into the ditch. As he dug he got lower until around the point only his torso was visible the image seemed to evaporate, the fire closely following suit. Me and my mate didn't speak during the sighting and I don't think we spoke much on the subject on the ride home but whenever I talked to him about it after that he'd always made a joke or fobbed it off. I reckon some people just won't believe in ghosts... As it is I haven't seen this mate for years and that experience is the only thing I really remember regarding him; that caravan site (Tunstall, near Withernsea, near the city of Hull - England) and that - what I can only describe as a spirit.

Some woman who I told about it in a nightclub some years later said maybe it meant something... I can't think what but sometimes I think maybe she had a point.

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swampinpunk182 (1 posts)
13 years ago (2011-10-27)
I live in Withernsea! Although I haven't heard about anything like what you saw, I have heard there's been a lot of sightings around that area! Always the image of a man seen in these sightings.

I was surprised to see that there was a story so close to where I live! With only hearing these stories between friends, I thought that's all they were, just stories. But now I think that they may be true!
Ace45 (17 posts)
13 years ago (2011-05-09)
My guess is that he was a bad man and you caught a glimpse of his punishment in hell (My theory on hell is it is not the center of the earth thing but another demension. Sometime when we see pained ghosts or angry spirits I think it is because they are forced to relive tha moment over and over again hell atleast that's what I think residual hauntings are not so much intelligent ones
IonAeon (2 posts)
13 years ago (2011-04-07)
Thanks for sharing the story mate.
Just don't ask one of those for a light if you see one again.
According to a bit of lore I've managed to pick up from somewhere the result would not be pleasant. 😉
tim280380 (1 posts)
15 years ago (2009-07-31)
Hi, I wrote this story a while ago on an old account which I can no longer access. What I didn't mention is that I felt relatively sober whilst I was watching the spirit dig however it was only when other people started coming out of the pub that I realised my mind was a little fuddled. It was as if these new arrivals were behind glass - almost like they were in another dimension or something with me looking in - that's the only way I can describe it. They didn't seem to see this ghost which me and a mate saw, which was a little odd. It may have been some kind of shared hallucination with me and my mate having fallen into a light trance I don't know. Still odd that we both seemed to cunjure the same thing up. Another thing I should probably mention
Is that both of us had been drinking that night however we'd fallen asleep for a time in a run down caravan on the coast whilst the bonfire was just petering out. So whilst we had had a little to drink that drink had had say nearly an hour to get out of our systems before having the supernatural experience. I can't believe someone else has seen it too though. I read all the comments eagerly however I never expected to find someone who's seen similar things at that site. I have only recenlty returned to the site and that part of the cliff where the ghost was digging has well gone unfortunately and the cliff edge is only 20 or 30 feet from the Mermaids front door. The site called Sand-Le-Mere...

Regards and thanks for comments. Tim S
ghosthuntermk2 (16 posts)
15 years ago (2009-02-20)
if you come around to reading this I live in hull and I have been to that caravan park but I have read this story and asked around but the point is what you saw well I have seen it two but then it could be a sighn I think well may sound daft but maybe a warning. 😊
mustang (5 stories) (749 posts)
17 years ago (2007-11-13)
That was a very interesting story! A burning man digging? I really don't know what to think of that except that you just happened to be at the 'right place' at the 'right time' or the 'wrong time'. It all depends on how you look at it. I think you had a genuine ghost experience but I don't think it really meant anything, atleast not to you or your mate. Unless, the ghost wanted you to dig where he was digging!? Maybe he buried something important, to him, and is still trying to retrieve it after death. Who knows! Thanks for sharing your experience. I enjoyed it! ~Shelby ❤ 😊
KimSouthO (27 stories) (1960 posts)
17 years ago (2007-11-13)
that is an interesting story. I wonder about the history of the land near where you saw this?

God Bless!
PrincessKatie (7 stories) (420 posts)
17 years ago (2007-09-29)
yeah some people don't believe in ghost because they either haven't seen one or they don't have a gift. I enjoyed reading your story. Thanks for sharing it with us. By the way people don't believe in ghosts because most people lie about these things and make up stories or take them out of books which have already been written. You should read my stories I have 2 on here and 13 stories I think on the psychic experience website which is shown at the top. My name is Katie on that website just Katie .

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