Thursday, April 10, 2008

Nursery Woods: Hoax or Reality?

The following letter was published in the Whitehaven News on the March 5th 1998. It has been suggested that the story was a hoax - and it may well be so. However, for what it's worth (or not!) here's the story:

"Sir - Following your story that you ran in the News on February 19th, 1998, I would like to recount the tale of a sighting made by myself some weeks ago. While walking my dog on the evening of Sunday, January 25th on the road out of Beckermet towards the A595, I passed Nursery Woods. The time was approximately 16.45hrs. I

"It was starting to get dark so my visibility was not that good, but as I walked past the woods I heard the snapping of branches. Thinking it was a dear or another animal, I stopped to try and see what it was. Looking through the tree’s I noticed a large creature covered in sort of ginger brown hair that seemed to be drinking from a pond about 150 metres into the woods.

"As the lighting was getting bad I was straining to make out what the animal was but as I stopped and stared it appeared to see me, at which point it reared up onto its hind legs and made off slowly further into the woods. I would estimate its height when upright to be approximately six feet and six inches and its weight to be about 14 stone.

"This was not a man as it was naked except for its covering of hair. Also it was not a dear as it made off on its hind legs. After the sighting I rushed to my home in Beckermet and told my wife what I had witnessed. Let me assure you that this is not a hoax. I was going to report the incident to the police but my wife persuaded me not to for fear of ridicule.

"I have lived in Beckermet for seven years and walk past these woods almost every day and have never witnessed anything like it before or since."

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