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Jack Frost makes timely appearance in Wick


By David G Scott

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A Wick man shared an image on social media that sent local tongues wagging about a timely appearance of Jack Frost to the town.

Derek Bremner posted the image on the Facebook group Capital Crack as "Man's Head Shape in ice on River with hat on" and had many commenting on the strange formation on Wick river caused by ice and snow.

The strange shape photographed at Wick river during the freezing days earlier in the week, resembled a figure. But who or what?Picture: Derek Bremner
The strange shape photographed at Wick river during the freezing days earlier in the week, resembled a figure. But who or what?Picture: Derek Bremner

One woman thought it looked like a ghost while another said Margaret Thatcher.

Then others joined in the chat to give their own opinion of what the strange shape represented.

There's a resemblance to Wee Willie Winkie in this illustration by Sue Beardsworth.
There's a resemblance to Wee Willie Winkie in this illustration by Sue Beardsworth.

"Wee Willie Winkie going upstairs with his candle in his hand" was one that several agreed on and others, of a certain age, remarked on the similarity with Willo the Wisp from the 1981 BBC cartoon series.

"Jack Frost trapped in the water" received quite a few likes as well as "Olive Oil looking for Popeye".

One suggested it could even be the terrifying creature from the Alien scifi film franchise.

Jack Frost, Wee Willie Winkie, Margaret Thatcher or whoever it was, has given up the ghost and melted away, however. Please send in your snaps if you come across another Wick river spirit or similar icy conundrum during the wintry weather.

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