Is this a
ghost in the spire?
mystery has come to light at Halifax's
Square Church spire, baffling council
chiefs and workers.
week, the Evening Courier reported how a
pair of lovebirds could halt restoration
of the historic landmark.
But when steeplejacks zoomed in to get a
photograph of the birds’ nest, they
ended up with an unexpected snapshot.
Foreman Barry Done says the digital snap
shows a ghostly figure hovering in the
steeple – and the find has worried
council bosses so much it was the hot
topic at their Monday morning meeting.
“I was gobsmacked when I printed off
the photos,” said Mr Done, of
Manchester firm Best, which has been
contracted by Calderdale Council.
“We’d been trying to get shots of
the birds, but then this eerie figure
appeared on one of them.
“I don’t believe in ghosts but this
is weird and in my 20 years as a
steeplejack I’ve never seen the
He said apprentice Anthony Finnigan, 18,
took the photo inside the steeple on
Friday morning and workers were now too
scared to work up the spire alone.
“There must be an explanation, but I
haven’t a clue what it is,” said Mr
Martin Blower, heading the project for
Calderdale Council, said: “I’ve seen
a copy and it’s very interesting. But
it could just be cleverly doctored.”
Keen birdwatchers, meanwhile, believe
the spire’s lovebirds could be
Gordon Denison, of Halifax
Birdwatchers’ Club, said he visited
the spire with his telescope on Sunday
“I spotted a female kestrel sunning
herself on one of the turrets,” he