Has this family been photo-bombed by a ghost at Roundhay Park?
Spooked dad Nurul Islam, 37, of Chapel Allerton, was on a day out with his family at the popular park when he snapped this photo of his niece and nephew, Mayrian Islam, 11, and Ryhan Kaliq, seven, in front of the castle ruins.
But when he got home and looked again at the picture, he spotted what seems to be a ghostly apparition hovering in the background. Nurul said: “We were taking lots of pictures. Because people were standing on the steps and walking about, we waited for them to move on before we took a picture.
“We waited and waited for a clear point when no-one was there as they wanted to hold their hands together. That’s why we’re sure there was no-one there.
“I didn’t think anything of it and took a few more. Then we got home and looked at the photos and saw this thing at the back of it that wasn’t there before.
“My sister said ‘Oh my God it’s a ghost’. I’ve started to think it might be. There was definitely no-one there when I took the picture.”
However, according to Kevin Grady, director of Leeds Civic Trust, there is no ghoulish history to the castle site.
The folly was built in 1812 by George Nettleton for the Nicholson family, who bought the Roundhay Park Estate in 1803 and built The Mansion and landscaped the grounds, creating the lakes. Dr Grady said: “Originally there was a wooden roof on top so there was an upper room which the Nicholson family would use. The folly was used as a family house, a sewing room by the girls and they had social functions there.”
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