A group of friends posed in a U.K. bar after a theater performance and might have had an uninvited guest photobomb their picture.
Rachel McKeown told the Liverpool Echo the photo was taken at The Lisbon, a bar in the city's gay quarter, Friday night. Scanning through photos the next day, she spotted what appears to be a ghost-like face next to her friend.
McKeown told the newspaper that she tried to figure out if it was a reflection or a trick of the light, but said, "I don’t think there was anyone behind when it was taken."
Though it could also be a bit of Photoshop trickery, the Echo reached out to paranormal expert Tom Slemen who said that The Lisbon is thought to be haunted by two ghosts — a woman and former owner Sir Archibald Tutton Salvidge.
Though Slemen didn't have any information on the possible female ghost, he did give some history on Salvidge, whose spirit reportedly remains at the establishment:
“Around 1907 something very odd happened; Salvidge’s admirers had tried to persuade him to become the Mayor of Liverpool for many years, and whilst enjoying a meal and drink at the Lisbon Restaurant & Public House one evening, Salvidge suddenly rose at the head of the table and announced that he was not only going to run for Mayor – he was also wondering if he should have a shot at becoming the Prime Minister in the 1910 election.
“A prominent major and several magnates rose from the table and gave a toast – and the fire in the room suddenly flared up, throwing cinders all over the carpet. Salvidge seemed very nervous at this and later said perhaps it was an omen that he should not have political ambitions, but his influential friends said he was just being superstitious and backed his ambitions.
“A month later in the Lisbon, another toast was given to Archibald Salvidge’s political campaigns, and all or a sudden, three words written in what looked like blood appeared on the wall near the fireplace: Tell Them Archie.”
Salvidge backed out of the mayoral campaign the same night.
The Echo took a poll of its readers to get their thoughts on the image and learned that 38 percent don't believe it's real, 29 percent think the newspaper is silly for even asking about it and 33 percent believe it's a ghost.
(H/T: Daily Mirror)
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