JESUS has been spotted – at a Pallion takeaway.
They say God is always watching but two pals were shocked when they came face-to-face with his son.
Ian Ridley and Lawrence Boys thought they’d had one too many after stopping off for some late-night food on their way home from a night out.
But as they were waiting outside Mayho Chinese Takeaway, in Neville Road, they noticed the face of Jesus staring back at them.
Ian, 39, said: “We were quite drunk at the time and went to get something to eat. We were waiting for our meal outside when we saw it.
“It was Jesus looking right at us, we were shocked and couldn’t believe it. It’s a miracle!”
Ian and Lawrence, 38, took the snap, where peeling paint and dirt on the door appeared to form the face of Jesus.
Ian added: “The best thing about it is the face is actually facing the direction of St Luke’s Church so it looks like it’s supposed to be there.
“Since I took the picture, we’ve shown it to loads of people and all of them can see it instantly.
“It’s amazing and they can’t believe it.”
This isn’t the first time a famous image has popped up somewhere strange.
In 2009, the Echo revealed a scan that was the double of King of Pop Michael Jackson.
Dawn Kelley and William Hickman couldn’t believe their eyes when they looked at the scan of their unborn baby and saw the face of Jacko staring back at them.
And the face of Jesus put in an appearance on the foil top of a bottle in Middlesbrough in 2008.
In 2004, a decade-old cheese sandwich said to bear an image of the Virgin Mary sold on the eBay auction website for $28,000.
An internet casino bought the butty, which had not gone mouldy, from Diane Duyser, of Florida, and took it on world tour.
In 2003, an American hospital appealed to the Catholic Church for help after being swamped by thousands of people seeking to view what they believed was an image of the Virgin Mary in a third-floor window.
More than 25,000 people visited the Milton Hospital near Boston, Massachusetts, over one weekend as word of the likeness spread.
Attention focused on a medical office building where the likeness is reportedly formed by a leaking chemical deposit inside a sealed window.