8 lights were seen moving in a straight line and zig-zagging across the Welsh skies. Witnesses said the unexplained lights would grow dim then disappear altogether before reappearing again and that this phenomenon occurred on a number of separate occasions.
Source: UFO Wales - David L. Richards 2012 - page 34 citing The Book of the Damned - Charles Fort 1919.
About 7 PM. Cold and clear.
On a Tuesday night in Rhiw, a village at the end of the Lleyn Peninsula, a group of children and parents were leaving a Band of Hope, temperance meeting at Nebo Chapel. The group included Ellen (34) and her three children - Williams (7), Owen (5) and Catherine (7), of Benallt Bach, Rhiw.
Quite a few of the parents would have been waiting outside for their children to come out of the chapel. To the north-east, in the direction of Garn Fadryn, someone noticed a light, quite low in the sky. As it moved nearer, the silent group of witnesses watched the object move from their right to left across the sky to the northwest of them, travelling from north-east to south-west. Catherine later described it as being round and similar in appearance to a farm cart-wheel, very large, with bright lights all around the rim, and some more lights at the 'hub' in the centre, and was totally silent. It took about 4 to 5 minutes to travel from horizon to horizon, before finally disappearing over Bardsey Island to the far southwest.
The following anecdote has much in common with the classic alien abduction. It was recorded in 1887 by the Rev. Elias Owen, and concerns a servant called David Williams. The Reverend's mother, when a young unmarried woman, started one evening from a house called Tyddyn Heilyn in Penrhyndeudraeth, to her home, Penrhyn isaf (behind Portmeirion and Tyddyn Heilyn, near where the railway line crosses the river), accompanied by her servant man, David Williams, called on account of his great strength and stature, Dafydd Fawr, Big David.
Williams was carrying a flitch of bacon on his back, and walked somewhat behind his mistress. The night was dark and calm. The lady of the house, believing Williams to be behind her, continued home and did not look back. To her great surprise, he did not arrive back at the house until three hours later, still carrying the pork. On questioning Williams about his disappearance, he was insistent that he had arrived only three minutes after her. He kept to his story until eventually he conceded that something may have been amiss, and promptly recalled a string of bizarre events.
Williams claimed that he had seen a brilliant meteor flying through the sky, and close behind it was what he described as a 'hoop of fire', with a small man and woman standing within it. With one arm each they embraced each other, and with the other arm they held onto the hoop, their feet resting on the concave base of the ring. When the object landed, the two beings quickly leapt from the hoop and began to construct a circle on the ground.
After their task was finished a group of fairy folk appeared from nowhere and began to dance around the circle, accompanied by the sweetest music Williams had ever heard. He also noticed that the whole area was awash in an eerie, subdued light. In time, the meteor returned, picked up the two small beings, and shot off skyward, and the remaining little people simply vanished.
Williams found himself once again in the dark, and proceeded home, thinking that he had only stopped to watch for a few minutes.
Source: Aliens - Encounters With the Unexplained - Marcus Day 1997 page 75; www.beamsinvestigations.org citing Welsh Folk-lore: a collection of the folk-tales and legends of North Wales - Elias Owen - prize essay of the National Eisteddfod, 1887, published 1896.
Disc-shaped objects were seen by many witnesses in the skies above North Wales.
Source: UFO Wales - David L. Richards 2012 - pages 34 - 35 citing The Book of the Damned - Charles Fort 1919.