With Halloween just around the corner, it’s a fair bet to imagine the streets of Tonbridge might shortly see some spooky action from enthusiastic young trick or treaters.
But the owners of town’s Old Fire Station have their very own reason for calling out the Ghostbusters, after making a startling discovery from a new photoshoot at the site.
The venue’s owner, Richard Collins, and business partner Sam Goode were delighted to contribute a picture to the new Tonbridge Daily calendar raising money for the town’s Lions charity.
However, on closer inspection of their entry showing the frontage of the Old Fire Station, they were taken aback to find a ghostly male figure wearing a hat in one of the windows.
Mr Collins said: “I think the calendar is a fantastic thing for the town, and we’re proud to be part of it, but when we blew up our image of the Old Fire Station we saw what appears to be a ghost in the window.
“Some say it could be of a man known as William, which may well be connected to the building next door. It is now a public toilet, but it used to be the mortuary for the fire station.”
Despite the ghostly mystery, around 100 people gathered at the Old Fire Station last week to celebrate the launch of the first calendar dedicated to the town.
It was organised and designed by the people behind Tonbridge Daily, the online community Facebook page, and copies are on sale for £7 each in outlets throughout the town. The funds generated will go to the Tonbridge Lions, who sponsored the production costs.
The photographs used in the calendar feature some instantly recognisable locations around the town, and it is hoped it will become an annual fixture, with potential for Christmas card spin-offs.
Suzannah Niklas, a spokesperson for Tonbridge Daily, thanked everyone who had helped put the calendar together and expressed excitement for the future.
She said: “I’ve been asked over the years about doing one as we get thousands of photos sent in.
“It’s a first of its kind, and we and the Lions are really keen to expand and get the community more involved next year.”
The good news is that since the launch the calendars have been ‘selling like hot cakes’, and a second print run is already being discussed.
James Lark, of the Tonbridge Lions, added that the charity was ‘very excited’ about the prospects for the calendar, and hoped it would be well received in the town.
It might just become a collectors’ item for ghost hunters, as much as for those appreciating a fine local landscape.