July 14th, 2003
Is Anybody Out There?
STRANGE lights in the sky, humanoid visitors with no faces, and
even stories of people taken to faraway planets. Since the dawn
of space travel and science fiction writing early in the 20th
century, man has been fascinated by the possibility of life on
other worlds. With films like Close Encounters of the Third Kind
and ET in the 1970s came a rapid increase in reports of flying
saucers and men from Mars. Wales in particular has become a
hotbed of evidence that we're not alone.
ACCORDING to reports of sightings over Denbighshire, we could be
under regular surveillance by more advanced life forms
struggling to understand our primitive earth ways. Are aliens
carrying out their own 10-year census of life on Earth,
unbeknown to the unbelieving majority? In spring 1964 a woman
was walking her dog in the grounds of the haunted Denbigh Castle
when the dog gave a sharp yelp. She found the animal cowering
under a beam of light in the bushes. The woman rescued her
beloved pet but felt a burning pain in her arm as she came into
contact with the light.
Ten years later two women saw a bright orange light hovering in
the sky above nearby Denbigh Hospital. A similar sighting was
also reported in 1984, and again 10 years later in 1994. Will
the visitors be returning next year?
ONE family claimed to have been abducted by visitors from outer
space while travelling through North Wales on November 10, 1977.
On the same night an elderly man from Llandudno had been
frightened by unusual beams of light in the sky above the Great
Orme. The family were driving near the village of Llandernog,
Denbighshire. They saw a purple triangular craft which then
swallowed up their car. The purple object seemed to vanish. The
family had lost several hours but could remember nothing about
what had taken place during that time.
Meanwhile, another man driving along the Llandernog road that
night claimed he saw a spaceship as big as a football pitch with
hundreds of bright lights emanating from it. The man whose
family were abducted was reportedly instructed by the RAF not to
speak publicly about what had happened to him.
1977 was a busy year for Welsh ufologists, with a wave of
sightings over Anglesey and West Wales known to alien watchers
as the Broadhaven Triangle. On February 4 a game of football
between children at Broadhaven School was interupted when a
glowing cigar-shaped object landed in a nearby field. David
George, nine at the time, said he saw a "silver man with spiked
ears" near the craft.
On February 17 the ship was seen by one of the school's teachers
and then later in the day by two dinner ladies. One of the
dinner ladies claimed to have seen a figure climb into the craft
before it made its departure.
In the months that followed, up until June, there were numerous
sightings of flying, cigar-shaped objects in the skies above
Dyfed and Pembrokeshire. Many people reporting seeing white,
humanoid figures, with pointed, apparently faceless heads. The
cynics and those in officialdom suggested they were simply MoD
personnel in radiation suits carrying out routine training
Were these dome-headed beings talent scouts for some
intergalactic sports academy? The same month that they landed
next to the playground kick about in Broadhaven, the cigar-shaped
ship was also spotted by Bronwen Williams, who was teaching
girls netball during a PE class at Rhos-y-Bol school on
In September the following year, a group of boys were playing
football in Llannerchymedd, Anglesey, when they saw what they
thought was a helicopter land nearby. The boys went to
investigate, finding a small white object with a red glow stuck
in the ground where the helicopter had been. They also claimed
to have seen two hooded humanoids near the craft.
TRAVEL BACK IN TIME
MANY people put UFO sightings down to the armed forces testing
new designs and equipment, but there have been sightings in
North Wales as early as the 18th century. In 1743 William John
Lewis, a farmer from Peibio, near Holyhead, saw an object
sailing through the air above the nearby mountains long before
man had mastered flight. He claimed he had seen similar crafts
at roughly 10-year intervals.
Historian James Buckley interviewed descendants of miners from
Mold who saw a UFO in the 1880s. The men, who were struggling to
feed their families on the miserable wages they were being paid,
had gone to nearby Padeswood to collect some snares they were
using for poaching. Already tense at the prospect of being
caught stealing by the landowner, they were terrified when they
saw a large, bright, purple sphere hovering above the field. The
men ran away, but when they returned again to pick up their
snares there was a circle of scorched grass where the craft had
GREAT BALLS OF FIRE
THE Egryn lights are a famous phenomenon that have baffled
people in Meiryonnydd for centuries, but in the last few decades
they have also attracted the attention of ufologists. In the
17th century balls of flame were seen crossing the sea near the
west coast of Wales. In Harlech in 1662 it was claimed that
these strange lights were setting fire to crops and barns and
infecting grass, although they seemed to do no harm to people
who were in the fields at the time.
In 1877 blue lights were seen over Pwllheli and the Dysynni
Estuary, and in the early 1900s the lights were adopted by Mary
Jones and the Revivalists as proof that God was trying to
communicate with them.
Ms Jones was widely discredited as being barking mad, but with
the increase in UFO sightings over the 20th century the lights
became a focus for people convinced of the existence of little
The lights were the subject of an investigation in Flying Saucer
Review in 1971, and have aroused alien conspiracy theorists
across the world.
A WOMAN from Halkyn, Flintshire, has been visited by aliens on a
regular basis since she first saw a UFO in July 1982, according
to North Wales UFOlogist Margaret Fry. The woman, who was
interviewed anonymously by Mrs Fry, thought she was witnessing a
meteorite hurtling towards the earth until the large, round
object stopped over a neighbour's home. It was yellow, had two
rings around it and made a humming noise as it hovered above the
Then, one night in November 1983, she was woken by a bright
light shining into her bedroom. Outside her window - 20ft off
the ground - was a face looking at her. She claims the figure,
who had a human appearance, then appeared in her room before
finally disappearing. The woman says she has been in regular
contact with people from outer space ever since.
OUT OF THIS WORLD
MANY people, known as contacted, reckon they are visited
regularly by aliens on their jaunts to our corner of the
universe. But for one young girl from Flintshire, frequent
visits from space travellers resulted in the
chance-of-a-lifetime trip to visit their home planet.
Gaynor Sutherland, from Oakenholt, claimed she was taken on the
journey by aliens she had met when she was nine. In 1976 Gaynor
was playing in fields near her home when a flying saucer landed
nearby. Two figures, which she supposed were male and female,
emerged from the ship and began to carry out what appeared to be
scientific tests on the ground.
The aliens continued to make contact with the Sutherland family
over the next few years and at times Gaynor seemed to be
possessed by the visitors and unable to control her own actions.
The girl's claims were backed up by her family, who all gave
matching descriptions of the aliens.
DANCING TO AN ALIEN TUNE
IN 1896 Welsh Folklore, by the Rev Elias Owen, recounted the
story of Dafydd Fawr, a farmer from Penrhyndeudraeth who thought
he saw a fairy dance but may actually have had a close encounter
of the third kind. Dafydd was on his way home from market when
he saw a small comet fall to the ground, followed by a hoop of
fire. Two small figures appeared from the flaming hoop, drew a
circle on the ground and started to dance around it.
Dafydd watched amazed as more little people, both men and women,
seemed to appear from nowhere and join in the dance. The
fairies, as Dafydd supposed they were, danced for a few minutes
until the first two figures climbed back into the hoop of fire
and flew away. The rest of the fairies vanished.
Dafydd continued home, a journey which would normally take him
about 20 minutes. When he got home he found he had lost three
hours. According to writer Richard Holland the "fairy dance"
episode had all the cult hallmarks of an alien landing - a
strange object comes out of the sky, unusual humanoid figures
emerge and leave a circle imprinted in the ground, and the
incredulous earthling watches spellbound before realising he has
lost hours in what seemed like minutes.
TEN years ago a Colwyn Bay woman and her boyfriend spent the
night in Valle Crucis Abbey, Llangollen, when they were
disturbed by a huge craft hovering in the sky above them. The
two had been dared to stay in the supposedly haunted ruins of
the abbey, but halfway through the night the abbey lit up around
them and, looking up, they saw a diamond-shaped object above
them, its red and yellow lights beaming down on the ancient
monastery. A group of campers also saw the ship, which stayed
for about five minutes before silently zooming off at a speed no
man-made craft would be capable of.
ONE of the most famous UFO sightings in Wales occurred in the
village of Llangernyw, Conwy, in the 1970s. After farmers
reported seeing strange lights in the sky military personnel
cordoned parts of the village off and evacuated civilians from
the area. The incident attracted worldwide interest from
ufologists, but to this day the Ministry of Defence has never
come up with an explanation of what the lights were or why the
village was closed off.
On September 5, 2003, at the Revival air
show, two World War II aircraft were flying in formation above
the crowd when a disc entered the formation in a clear sky. A
British Spitfire and a P-47 were flying in formation, when a
disc shaped UFO joined them at 1:35 PM. Simon, a 29-year-old
from West Sussex was filming the event with a JVC Hi-8 PAL
camcorder and his images are excellent. The manoeuvring UFO
could have caused a dangerous collision. The footage is crystal
clear with zooms to both the aircraft's and the UFO. The two
planes, flying in formation and making a turn from left to right
are filmed with an unknown brownish object, round in shape that
appeared in the scene passing from right to left close to the
airplanes at moderate speed. The images are clear and the
unknown object was caught in several frames on camera - the
object and it's shape and size was clearly revealed. A disc
shaped UFO was floating making balancing movements and appears
to be a metallic structure. Simon and the crowd were impressed
by the unknown intruder.
This is the second well known Air Show that has been joined by a
UFO. A Stunning video was shown on Ukrainian ICTV and Russian
television showing a UFO skimming a Ukrainian fighter jet
moments before it crashed into a crowd of aviation enthusiasts
at Sknilov Aerodrome killing 84 people on July 27, 2002. The
video clearly shows a UFO that is mentioned by the TV
commentator, which passed near the descending Su-27 fighter that
killed 27 children, and wounded 199. It was the most tragic air
show crash in history. The UFO's presence during this tragedy
was confirmed again and attracted public attention when
published in the "Komsomolskaja Pravda" newspaper in Moscow and
the "Komsomolskaja Pravda" in the Ukraine on August 7, 2002,
Page 10. The UFO that participated in the Air Show in England
fortunately did not cause the fighters to crash. The UFO pilots
must be aware that that high quality video is available at most
air shows indicating their willingness to be videotaped, and to
show they're maneuverability and superiority. Both of these
incidents indicate a brazenness and openness not generally shown
by UFO pilots