Fishermen casting from an iconic Victorian pier in North Somerset have found their lonely vigils interrupted by a “ghostly figure” who appears and disappears in the mist.
Anglers who use the historic Clevedon Pier regularly say they have caught glimpses of an apparition staring out to sea.
The ghostly figure has walked through locked gates, and been seen talking to itself in the corner of the pavilion building.
One of the first to see something spooky was Clevedon Angling Club member Jack Hulbert.
Mr Hulbert, a retired antiques dealer of Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, said: “It happened a few weeks ago.
“I had come on the pier early in the morning – it must have been about 4.30am – there wasn’t anyone else I could see.
“I got towards the end and I saw a figure of a person learning on the railings looking out to sea.”
Mr Hulbert, 72, shouted across to what he thought was a fellow fisherman then put down his rods while walking across for a chat.
But when he got to the other side of the pier the person he had spied had “disappeared”.
Mr Hulbert decided someone was “having a laugh” as his friends on the pier are notorious for playing practical jokes.