A woman who thought she had seen her late husband in an Indian restaurant’s new promotional video made a mistake, it was alleged today.
Widow Lucy Watson, 59, unknowingly cooked up a storm on the internet after she claimed the footage showed her late husband Harry Doherty eating dinner with his son Alex at the Spice Cottage near her home in Emsworth, West Sussex .
The post on the restaurant’s Facebook page sparked a flood of messages from social media users as far away as Tahiti and the U.S. Virgin Islands, who bombarded the site with theories about the mystery.
But now 39-year-old Alex has stepped forward to settle the matter once and for all and confirmed that he and his late father are not in the video.
Alex (right), 39, has stepped forward to settle the matter once and for all and has confirmed that he and his late father are not in the video
Widow Lucy Watson, 59, unknowingly cooked up a storm on the internet after she posted that the footage (above) showed late husband Harry Doherty having dinner with his son Alex at the Spice Cottage near her home in Emsworth, West Sussex
After seeing the footage for the first time, he told MailOnline: ‘No way. It’s not my dad and it’s not me. She’s wrong.
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“You can see from the comments that people are really intrigued by it. They really want to know the answers.
“The answer is it’s not my father – it is.”
Lucy had shared how she was convinced she had seen her “instantly recognizable” husband, an award-winning journalist and popular larger-than-life local figure.
She said her husband, who died in 2014 at age 61, was “a big, striking man” with white hair and glasses.
She added, “I recognized the blue sweatshirt he was wearing and he’s sitting there with his son Alex.”
Lucy shared how the couple occasionally dined at the Indian restaurant when Alex came to visit his father.
She believed the eatery posted old images to attract new customers.
Lucy (pictured) had shared how she was convinced she’d seen her ‘instantly recognisable’ husband – who was an award-winning journalist and a popular larger-than-life character in the area
She said her husband (pictured) – who died aged 61 in 2014 – was “a big, characterful man” who had white hair and wore glasses
She responded to the video post: “How old is the footage? My late husband and his son are on the first shot and he died in 2014??’
But the restaurant replied, “Hi Lucy Watson, sorry to hear this. This footage was shot last week.
Soon after, the problem went viral. Some social media users compared it to the case of Canoe Man John Darwin, who faked his own death in 2002 through a life insurance scam.
But Alex, a former duathlon world champion who competed for Great Britain, insisted Lucy was simply wrong.
He said, ‘It’s not him and it’s not me. When I opened my laptop it was perfectly clear. Everyone who knew my father knew that right away.
“The guy in the video looks like he’s bald to begin with. He has hair on the side, but he is bald on the top. The man in front of him is older than me.
“I feel sorry for the restaurant. They haven’t done anything wrong and this is all going on.”
Alex, who now lives in Worcestershire, said he had not had any contact with Lucy in recent years. He added, “I don’t know what she’s thinking.”
Alex, a former duathlon world champion who competed for Great Britain, insisted Lucy was simply wrong
The restaurant also stepped in to “clear up some misunderstandings,” with the man who took the footage issuing a statement on his Facebook page.
He said all the videos used in the promotion were shot in the week beginning January 9 this year.
Bodrul Islam, a manager at the establishment, wrote, “I run the social media side of the business and shot the promotional video to portray our new wooden tables and interior renovation.
The refurbishment was completed in early January 2023 and the promotional video highlights these changes.
‘Before January 2023, all tables were covered with white and red cloths, from now on it is clear that these images are recent.
“This is a very unusual situation and we hope this clears up any confusion.”
Born in Northern Ireland, Mr. Doherty won accolades for his coverage of the Troubles before moving to England where he revived his career as a music journalist with the now-defunct Melody Maker magazine.
Among the bands and artists he championed as they tried to break through were Thin Lizzy, Kate Bush, 10CC and The Boomtown Rats.
He went on to start his own rock magazine and became a friend of Queen guitarist Brian May after writing an official book about the band.
May sent a floral tribute to the rock writer’s funeral after he died in April 2014.
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