A widow who claims to have seen her late husband in a restaurant promotional video has revealed more details about the mystery that has gripped the internet.
Britain’s Lucy Watson, 59, believes her husband, who has been dead for nine years, was seen in a video shared on social media of diners enjoying themselves at Spice Cottage in West Sussex.
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“How old is this footage,” she asked online, adding, “my late husband and his son are on the first take and he died in 2014?”
Watson says she has “no doubt” it was her husband Harry Doherty and the video must be old footage.
“The moment I saw the thing I was like, ‘Oh my God – that’s Harry’. It was so direct. I didn’t even have to think,” she told the Daily Mail.
“He’d eat a chicken Korma because that’s all he’s ever eaten.
“I had no doubt that it was my husband. I couldn’t pause the thing, so I had to replay it about 30 times and each time I was more and more confident.
Watson says she asked how old the footage was to put her mind at ease.
“I only asked out of interest – then it all went crazy. I was annoyed when they sent back a message that it was filmed last week. It couldn’t have been,” she told the publication.
Now the restaurant has finally spoken out and closed the viral mystery as a case of mistaken identity.
Mystery, double or ‘publicity stunt’?
Watson’s comment sparked the internet as people shared their own wild theories as they tried to get to the bottom of the truth.
“I need closure on this story,” said one woman.
“Is the poor woman’s husband really dead and is this just a look-alike or is he missing and may have been caught by social media,” another wondered.
Others, however, are convinced that the drama is just a genius marketing ploy.
“Best advertisement ever. If someone claims something, it will be shared. Amazing,” one woman wrote.
“The best publicity stunt ever goes to the Spice Cottage,” said another.
In an update on Wednesday, Spice Cottage manager Bodrul Islam said Watson was mistaken.
“I run the social media side of the business and shot a promotional video to portray our new wooden tables and interior renovation,” said Islam.
“The renovation was completed in early January 2023 and the promotional video highlights these changes. All videos used in the video were shot on January 9, 2023.
Before January, the restaurant’s tables were covered in white and red clothing, Islam explains, meaning the viral images are recent.
“This is a very unusual situation and we hope this clears up any confusion,” Islam said.