The Blue Ghost

Wandering the fields in Churwell, near Leeds, recently, I found this plastic sheet dumped on what is still referred to locally as the Pit Hills. It reminded me of George Shaw’s painting ‘The Living And The Dead’, and the strange phantom that haunts the 1968 BBC Omnibus adaptation of M.R. James’ Oh Whistle And I’ll Come To You, My Lad. When we were kids we used to nick car bonnets from the scrap yard, sit on them and slide down this hill as if on a bob sleigh. Halcyon days.

Oh Whistle And I’ll Come To You, My Lad (1968 version)

Whistle And I’ll Come To You (2010 version)

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