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Mystery of Wirral 'Ghost Rider' solved
THE mysterious case of the Penny Farthing man has been solved .... the Wirral Globe can reveal.
It is a tale that would have baffled Sherlock Holmes.
Jill Townley-Davies, who works at Derwent Lodge Nursing Home in New Ferry, says the residents are pleased at last to know the identity of a certain enigmatic character.
Jill takes up the story.
"Twenty two years ago I was married at St Nicholas church in Burton Village.
"I arrived in my uncle's vintage car with my dad, most of our guests and my husband- to-be, Ian, being already in the church
"As we drew up outside with the photographer a very smartly-dressed gent came riding through the village on a penny farthing bicycle.
"He stopped and joined us to have some photos taken.
"I assumed that someone had arranged this gentleman's visit as having lived in the village for many years we had never seen him before."
Jill continued: "At our reception there was even talk of him being a ghost!
"Our pictures came back and we have a lovely one of myself, my dad and the "mystery" penny farthing man.
"My husband never saw or met this man as he was waiting for me in the church."
Recently, at the nursing home where I've worked since March, I was chatting to the friend of one of our residents (Harry)
"He informed me that Harry had been a great bicycle enthusiast and had built a penny farthing which he used to ride around Burton and Puddington Villages many years ago.
"I had hoped that Harry was our "mystery" rider but on speaking to his wife and looking at our photo they were able to confirm that although it wasn't Harry in the picture it was his friend."
Harry's wife kindly gave Jill contact details and a few weekends ago Jill and husband Ian went to meet the "mystery rider" A man called Chris Hocking who was delighted to see us.
He is a real colourful character and a re-enactor at events. He used to
live in Ness but has moved away.A real gentleman and no longer a mystery."
Now The Globe can share the evidence with these exclusive pictures.
Says Jill: "The story has been a great talking point for our residents and we felt others may like to hear it too. "
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