Fairies DO exist, says university lecturer.
The existence of fairies has long been one of the most debated parts of supernatural culture.
The case of the Cottingley fairies was one of the biggest news stories in the world at the time, where two young girls from England claimed they had found fairies at the bottom of their garden and duped the whole world into believing them with pictures that they had created.
But now a university lecturer from Manchester Metropolitain university John Hyatt has come forward with an eerily similar story – he says that fairies are real and he has been photographing them for years.
Hyatt has build up such a catalog of pictures that they are to be displayed at The Whitaker Museum in Whitaker Park in Rossendale in a special collection.
He says that he has been capturing pictures of the tiny winged creatures for two years, and is adamant that they are real pictures of real fairies. He says that his images have not been altered in any way.
“It was a bit of a shock when I blew them up, I did a double take.
“I went out afterwards and took pictures of flies and gnats and they just don’t look the same.
“People can decide for themselves what they are.
“The message to people is to approach them with an open mind.
“I think it’s one of those situations where you need to believe to see.
“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.”
He says he has to acknowledge the similarities between his pictures and the ones that turned out to be a hoax, but he says he is not out to dupe anyone and that seeing the fairies has not changed his way of viewing the world.
“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.”