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The Legend of the Ghost Dog Tree on Formby Beach

Cassandra Lane recently wrote about the 'the Ghost Dog tree' on Formby beach, using her Instagram account.

Cassandra Lane Ghost Dog Tree
According to Cassandra, the tree, which was the perching place of a lone black crow is associated with the legend of the Black Dog. This is the first time I've heard of it, so naturally it intrigued me.

Cassandra writes:

Legend has it a black dog appears here before someone croaks! We didn't see him. We're all safe.

A little research suggests there is indeed such a legend. According to sources there was a siting of a:

Dog with Glowing Eyes

Location: Formby - Coastline
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 31 October 1962
Further Comments: Locally known as 'Old Trash', this black dog bounds along the dunes leaving no prints or marks in the soft sand. He was last seen by two journalists and a photographer, though it is unclear whether an image was caught of the entity.


And in another source a 'Shuck' is described as follows:

Black Shuck is a legendary black ghost dog that wanders the coastline and countryside in East Anglia in England.

It is classified .... a harbinger of death. The dog's eyes are reported as red and sometimes even green, large, and mesmerizing. Some report him as being the size of a large dog, others the size of a horse.

The legend might go back as far as the time of the Vikings and the name translated to “hairy demon.” In fact, the story even influenced the Sherlock Holmes novel,”Hounds of the Baskervilles.”

Frequently it's been reported to be seen by someone just before a relative fell ill or died. Other tales say that he has escorted lone women safely home. He is most often reported in graveyards, side roads, near bodies of water and forests.

I wonder how many more legends there are in and about Formby, why not share them with us, use the 'your story' link:

Cassandra is a Creative wedding photographer in Manchester, for more see her web site at


Public Welcome at Hospital Trust Board Meeting

Public welcome at local Hospital Trust board meeting

Hospital Trust Board Meetings DetailsFrom August the Board meetings of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust will be held on the first Wednesday of the month.

The Trust’s next board meeting is on Wednesday 5th August at 9am. It will be held in the Clinical Education Centre at Southport and Formby District General Hospital.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe the meeting. Anyone with a special requirement should contact the Trust in advance on 01704 704783.

The agenda will be available on the Trust website in advance of the meeting.

Supporting papers will be made available on the day.

Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
Telephone 01704 704494
Twitter @SONHSTrust