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Manchester Professor Films Real Fairies In Lancashire

by | 7th, April 2014

UNIVERSITY lecturer John Hyatt claims to have photographed fairies flitting about Rossendale Valley, Lancashire. Mr Hyatt, who works at Manchester Metropolitan University, has showcased his discovery and said: “A lot of people who have seen them say they have brought a little bit of magic into their lives and there’s not enough of that around.”


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Is magic a doily cut into wings shapes and suspended on dental floss Is that what fairies are, offcuts from Blue Peter?

Mr Hyatt is Director of Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design. He is former member of the Punk band The Three Johns.

It’s tricky to cut through the story to get to the facts. We’ve conducted a straw poll, and 89% of Anorak staffers believe in fairies; 32% believe Manchester Metropolitan University is an actual university; and 11% claim to be elves who know that fairies in Lancashire is a sure sign that Middle Earth is in peril.



Mr Hyatt tells the Manchester Evening News:

“Everything gets stereotyped, whatever it is.  But there are stranger things in life than fairies, and life grows everywhere. I don’t believe they are just smaller versions of us and go home and have a cup of tea at the end of the day. And one is suggesting they have any special powers. From my experience they were just enjoying themselves and there was a little dance in the sunlight going on. They are just beautiful pictures and beauty can make people believe.”

All good stuff. And maybe better than this – The 3 Johns sings their Top 20 hit Death of a European:


Spotter: Manchester Evening News

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