Hickling Broad is said to be
haunted by the ghost of a young soldier wearing a
Napoleonic uniform and skating across the Broad as if it
During the winter of his courtship the Broad froze over and so the young soldier took the opportunity to skate across to meet up with his girl.
It being far quicker than going round
the outside of the Broad and it meant that he could
spend longer with his love.
Unfortunately when he was half way across the ice gave way and he fell through the partially melted ice.
As there was no one around to help him he was dragged under by the current and drowned. In vain his girlfriend waited for him at their normal rendezvous point but her young love did not appear.
|The next morning
the alarm was raised after his fellow soldiers noted his
absence and a search was made of the surrounding
His body was found on the edge of the Broad, pale and frozen, but otherwise unmarked.
Over the years reports have come in of
a young man seen vigorously skating across the Broad
despite the absence of any ice.