The Solway Firth Spaceman


also known as the Solway Spaceman or the Cumberland Spaceman) refers to a figure seen in a photograph taken in 1964 by fireman, photographer and local historian Jim Templeton (13 February 1920 – 27 November 2011). The famous photo was taken on Burgh Marsh, situated near Burgh by Sands, overlooking the Solway Firth in Cumbria,England. Templeton claimed the photograph shows a background figure wearing aspace suit and insisted that he did not see anyone present when the photograph was taken. The image was reproduced widely in contemporary newspapers and gained the interest ofufologists. A contemporary analysis suggested that the figure was probably the photographer’s wife, standing with her back towards the camera, her dress appearing white due to overexposure. On 23 May 1964, Jim Templeton, a firefighter from Carlisle,Cumberland (now part of Cumbria), took three photographs of his five-year-old daughter while on a day trip to Burgh Marsh. Templeton said the only other people on the marshes that day were a couple of old ladies sitting in a car at the far end of the marsh. In a letter to the Daily Mail in 2002, Templeton stated, “I took three pictures of my daughter Elizabeth in a similar pose – and was shocked when the middle picture came back from Kodakdisplaying what looks like a spaceman in the background.” Templeton insists that he did not see the figure until after his photographs were developed, and analysts at Kodak confirmed that the photograph was genuine.