Pond, Great Ayton Moor

I managed to get my feet a little wet trying to take this photo and was reminded of the 1973 British Public Information Film “The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water” menacingly narrated by Donald Pleasance, perhaps better known as Blofeld, James Bond’s arch-villain. This is a modern version of folk tales told to instil fear into children of ponds and deep rivers. The River Tees is said to be haunted by Peg Powler, a spiteful creature with green skin, long hair and sharp teeth. It is said she grabs reckless children getting too close to the water and drags them down into the deep, where she feasts on them at her leisure. In the other side of the country, in Lancashire, a similar creature went by the name of Jinny Greenteeth.

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