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The 'Metheringham Lass' haunting
By Bruce Barrymore Halpenny
BBC Lincolnshire contributer

The Metheringham Lass
The Metheringham Lass

The Metheringham Lass™ is one of the most interesting Lincolnshire haunting stories.

It has proved with readers to be one of the most popular of my ghost stories.

In the early days, I had dozens of reports from RAF personnel and civilians, of a ghostly figure that was seen on a section of the old wartime airfield of RAF Metheringham.

Intrigued I looked into it and my research took time, but at long last, I found the crucial link.

I finally established that the ghostly visible spirit of a young lady, who is seen standing in the road that was once part of the wartime airfield, was that of a young woman named Catherine Bystock, who had lived at Horncastle. She was 19 years old and courting a Flight Sergeant from RAF Metheringham.

Catherine Bystock

The story that I have uncovered is that just before the end of the Second World War, a young RAF aircrew Flight Sergeant was giving his fiancée a lift home to Metheringham village on the pillion seat of his motor-cycle after being to a local dance. The motor-cycle skidded on wet surfacing and crashed close to the place where the ghostly figure appears.

The Flight Sergeant lived but the young lady was thrown from the motor-cycle and killed instantly. She had terrible head injuries. The two were due to be married and she had already ordered her wedding gown.

I gave her the title of The Metheringham Lass to link her to RAF Metheringham. Lass is a Lincolnshire girl.

False Sightings

From previous knowledge of such cases, I knew there would be many 'sightings' and the skill would be to sort the genuine from the false. In order to do this I altered and even created certain aspects of the Metheringham Lass, which not only proved successful in catching out those that were pretending to have seen the ghost.

People who really encounter this spirit, always give me the true description of her, and if you really encounter her you will!

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