Does this slivery figure show the ghostly apparition of an old beggar woman?
While there have been numerous ghost sightings in the theme park grounds, one legend has it an old beggar woman put a hex on the land in 1821 and mediums have recently speculated that it is indeed cursed.
“After the walk we all went back to have cups of tea and we were going through our pictures. Someone then said ‘you have something there’ about one of my pictures.
Sharon Kearns was visiting the theme park for a ghost walk
Someone then said ‘you have something there’ about one of my pictures
“You are a sceptic until you see that [the picture] and then you are like ‘oh my god’. After seeing that [I think differently] as I know it’s my own picture. I’m now a lot less sceptical and believe it now.
“I’ve not had any other experiences myself but I would like to. Though I think I would be quite scared, I would love to make me fully believe.”
Legend has it that in 1821, the 15th Earl of Shrewsbury Charles Talbot was returning home one winter’s night when an old lady stood in his stagecoach’s path.
Angry that she had held him up, he apparently shouted at her to move but she explained she was homeless cold and hungry.
She was joined by mediums and TV show Most Haunted’s Brian Shepherd
During the walk, Ms Kearns says she was picked to be the human ‘pendulum’ in which she stood in the middle of the group to see if any spirits would move her.
Ms Kearns said: “I was a bit scared from being the pendulum and I was thinking ‘oh god’ as it was weird as I was actually moving.
“To me it looks like a woman but I can’t be sure as I can’t see the face. I don’t know if it’s the [old woman from the legend]. But there’s definitely something there.
The myth goes that an old beggar woman put a hex on the land in 1821
Chris Carter, Head of Entertainments at Alton Towers Resort said: “If these ghoulish sightings are anything to go by this could be our creepiest Scarefest yet.
“Sharon’s sighting is even more eerie as our team had their own supernatural experience when planning for this year’s Scarefest celebrations.
“We travelled to abandoned Californian ghost town Bodie; deserted since 1942, to get inspiration for our new Altonville Mine Tours maze.
“Our time-lapse cameras picked up a yellow orb and bright flash in one of the buildings, which no-one can explain.
“It was the middle of the night and the park was deserted. We were all really spooked when watching the footage back!”