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1967 - Reports: 11


SUMMER 1967 - PYLE
About 12.15 AM.
Very warm, still night, overcast and dark. 35-year-old Clive Menadue, living in Beach Road, Pyle, was putting the cat out. It was a pleasant night and Clive stayed for a look around. His wife, Sylvia was in the kitchenette washing up.
He then noticed, fairly low on the horizon, "something that looked like electric light reflected off telegraph wires. I couldn't quite make it out. Suddenly a red object about the size of a star appeared from the horizon to the left of the thing I was looking at. It was going at a terrific pace blurred for a moment and then stopped a little to the left and below this object. The red object started to flash red, white, red, white, for some seconds - flashing like the light on top of a police car.
I called Sylvia out then and we just stopped and watched. There was nothing else we could do. There was a kind of bright, white, silent explosion and the sky was lit up with the kind of light you get from magnesium. It was one of the most horrible moments of my life. It sounds ridiculous, but I thought someone had dropped an atom bomb a long way off.
"In the centre of this expanding light there was a cloud outlined. Then the spreading light started to contract and through-out the sighting it kept up a steady rhythm of expansion and contraction. The light diminished in brilliance so that you could see the ground beneath clearly and the clouds above. In the centre of the light, I clearly saw one huge roundish cloud and a similar one attached to it at the top-right hand corner.
"Now it begins to be really unbelievable....but anyway, both these clouds began to spin in a clockwise direction. The smaller, right-hand one moved away from the large cloud some distance, and they were both gathering speed all the time.
They were spinning like two very thick smoke-rings. The smaller one went back above the dead centre of the other one and became part of it. Then as the object was spinning, it appeared to take shape very much like someone forming something on a potter's wheel. It became a classic saucer shape.
It became solid to look at. It had an opaque, glassy surface that reflected light, and it was still slightly spinning.
"By this time I was shattered. Sylvia was frightened and trying to pull me indors, so I asked her to go upstairs and give me an old pair of binoculars, because I thought it would give her something to think about and take her mind off things.
Not that the binoculars would have been of much use, anyway. When she was away millions of coloured lights appeared under the rim of the saucer. They were very rich crimson, gold and blue, such as you get from a firework.
"They began dispersing and when Sylvia came back there were just a few sparks underneath the rim of the object. Next a broken red or crimson line appeared on the saucer very close to the rim and began turning with the saucer. It just hung there in the sky....a perfectly black sky with no moon or stars to distract you.
After a few minutes the light which had been expanding and contracting behind the saucer began to get dimmer and dimmer. It became so dim in the end that you couldn't really make out waht was there. Eventually the light disappeared completely, and there was no sign of the saucer at all.
"Then the red, star-like object appeared again near the saucer. It flashed red, white again for some seconds. Then, from a standing start, it just shot back in the direction from which it had come and disappeared over the horizon."
He reckoned the whole episode took seven or eight minutes. Afterwards, they dashed over the road to his in-laws' house, but there was nothing to see by then. They were up until three in the morning, wondering what might happen.
 He made it clear that neither he nor his wife had been drinking. It was suggested that the red light was at the steelworks at Margam, but he said it was in the wrong direction and he was familiar with it anyway.
He also ruled out the moon behind the clouds as he had seen that hundreds of times, and a helicopter.
Source: Western Mail 1970.
                                                        

5 AUGUST 1967 - SNOWDONIA
2 PM. Sunny.
David Jones (15) was travelling with a friend, John Alexander (15) in a car driven by John's father, Garnett Alexander. John was a major in the guards and a respected provincial newspaper man. They were returning to a caravan site at Blackrock Sands near Portmadog. Having passed through Capel Curig they had turned towards Beddgelert, and the landscape in this area very mountainous, being part of the Snowdonia National Park.
The road here follows the familiar 'U'-shaped valley, with high mountains on both sides of the road. To their left above the summits a strange object suddenly appeared. it was just 50 to 100 feet over the summit, and swooped down in a gentle 'S' curve, crossing the valley bottom and the road ahead at a height of about 30 feet. It then proceeded to complete its 'curve', heading towards the car and rising upwards to the summit on their right, disappearing between a gap amongst the peaks.
The curve was graceful and the object was totally silent in flight. It gave the impression of hugging the surface, as aircraft sometimes do to avoid radar cover. It was in view for a total of about 20 seconds. Its size was relatively small, estimated at 8 to 12 feet tall by 3 to 6 feet wide. At its closest approach the object came to within a quarter of a mile of the car, but no effects were noted.There was no other traffic in sight during the whole of the incident.
In shape, the object was described as like two traditional Welsh hats riveted together with a kind of plate between them, and it appeared shiny like chrome. It was tilted at an angle of about 20 degrees from vertical - which remained unchanged throughout the sighting's duration. The witness commented that the whole thing gave the impression of the UFO being gyroscopically controlled and stabilised by something like a child's spinning top. About 10 to 15 minutes after the sighting three aircraft (Lightning interceptor jets) flew over the car, heading in the same direction as the object, possibly scrambled to follow the UFO.
Source: "Welsh Hats" UFO over Snowdon - Jenny Randles and Paul Whetnall - Flying Saucer Review Vol. 23 No. 5 February 1978
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SEPTEMBER 1967 – TREBOETH, SWANSEA
Tom James, age 21, was at home in Heol Cnap, Treboeth one Saturday evening in September 1967. It was a clear night with no clouds.
He was just leaving the house with his girlfriend and her mother, and from the garden spotted 8 or 9 lights or flat discs in close formation moving directly over them, travelling towards Mumbles direction (north-east to south-west).
There was no sound and they continued on a straight course to the south-west until out of sight. Tom admits that they may have been lights on an object, but he could not see the object, just the lights.
Source: SUFON Files: Tom James interviewed 15 September 2015.
                                                        

AUTUMN 1967 - BRYNCOCH, NEATH
About 2 PM on a Saturday afternoon, possibly October or November. Witness thinks it could be 1968.
Paul Roberts was with his brother and mother, had just got off a bus outside Bryncoch post office and were walking towards Woodview Terrace on the way to visit his grandmother. An enormous, shimmering pearl-like sphere appeared about 100 feet above them. It hovered there for about 20 seconds and they were transfixed by its glow. Paul said it was pearl-coloured as well as round like a pearl. Then it suddenly shot off and disappeared. There were no other people around, to his knowledge.
Source: SUFON Files: Witness emails July 2017.
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25 OCTOBER 1967 - LAMPETER
SIR. - Why all this fuss about seeing objects in the air? I saw a light on October 25, at 6.40 a.m. Travelling at a fast speed it turned away in another direction and I lost sight of it.
Something like this was happening nearly 60 years ago, when there wer no aeroplanes or anything about.
It was said at that time it was a star falling. It was a very bright light travelling at ground level very fast. It used to be called "Seren a Chynffon."
(MRS) H. M. PRICE         
                                                                                      
Source: Western Mail Tuesday 7 November 1967.
                                                        
 
26 OCTOBER 1967 - LLANDARCY, NEATH
7 AM.
Raymond Harwood, a 14-year-old paper boy went into the newsagents shop in Morriston where he worked and told his employer that he had seen 'those crosses' in the sky, which had been in the news lately. 
His boss, Mr T. Morgan said, "I thought he was pulling my leg. But when I went outside, I saw two crucifix shapes about 50-ft wide over the BP refinery at Llandarcy [east].
They were at cloud level, well below the stars which were still out and very much brighter. I went back into the shop to serve customers and when I came out again, they were still there."
56-year-old Mr Morgan said that the crosses remained stationary in the sky for at least 20 minutes. Then one disappeared and the other faded with daylight.
"I was certainly very surprised to see these objects. I was sceptical when I read about them in the newspapers and thought that they must be reflections.
Now I am quite convinced that they are some kind of flying saucer. I have never seen anything like them before - and neither had one of my customers whom I showed them to."
The paperboy Raymond, who lived at Heol Tirdu, Cwmrhydyceirw, Morriston, took the flying crosses in his stride.
He dashed off to Pentrepoeth Secondary School, Morriston, to tell friends all about it.
Source: South Wales Evening Post Thursday 26 October 1967.
                                                         

27 OCTOBER 1967 - SWANSEA
2.15 AM.
From the vicinity of the Vetch Field, Swansea, an unidentified flying object was spotted.
It was described to the Evening Post as "a round, head-light effect with two rays shining groundwards."
It was seen high in the sky in the direction of Port Talbot.
Source: South Wales Evening Post Friday 27 October 1967
                                                        

12 NOVEMBER 1967 - SULLY
About 9.30 PM.
Two girls, Heather Williams and Pamela Chamberlain of Smithies Avenue, Sully, were standing at the top of Burnham Avenue, Sully.
They saw an object in the sky.
It was described as a "huge silver-coloured object, far too big to be an aeroplane, flew at great speed across the sky in the direction of Ireland, or anyway, westwards."
Source: Barry & District News Thursday 16 November 1967.
                                                        

13 NOVEMBER 1967 - PENARTH
8 PM. Raymond Patterson of 20 St. Luke's Avenue, Penarth saw 'a very bright object flying above the trees.'
He told his friend, Mr T. A. Hague of 27 Hickman Road, Penarth, who had his own sighting later that evening (see next report).
Source: PenarthTimes 24 November 1967.
                                                        

13 NOVEMBER 1967 - PENARTH
After learning of his friend, Raymond Patterson's sighting at 8 PM, Mr T. A. Hague went home to 27 Hickman Road, Penarth, set up his camera in an upstairs room and waited.
"At about 11 PM, I saw a yellow globe of light travelling above the roof tops. It seemed to sway to and fro, a very bright yellow light which then changed to orange. The amazing thing about it was that it did not collide with anything, nor did it light up the buildings."
The object made no sound but Mr Hague recalled a strong smell of chemicals after the object had disappeared. Mr Hague took a photograph of the object over Penarth - Leckwith area.
Source: Penarth Times 24 November 1967.
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14 NOVEMBER 1967 - SULLY
7.50 PM. Mrs M. V. Harfoot was in her garden at 2 Raglan Close, Dinas Powys, pegging out some clothes on the line when she saw what she described as "a big orange ball" in the sky over the Distillers in Sully [SW].
At first she thought it was a flame burning off excess gas at the Distillers, a sight with which all local inhabitants are familiar. Then as it moved she realised this was not possible, and called her husband. Mr Harfoot thought the object was too low to be an aeroplane; it descended lower and then moved upwards again, forming a semi circle.
A third person, Mr J. Davies of Barry, who was working at the Harfoot's house at the time, also witnessed the incident.
"The whole thing lasted only 2-3 minutes," said Mrs Harfoot, "it was just like the colours you see in the fire, yellow and orange intermingling but in a huge ball.
I immediately rang the BBC and they phoned Rhoose and St. Athan, but they could not give an explanation as to what this strange object might be."
Barry Police were also contacted but apparently there had been no other reports.
Source: Penarth Times Friday 17 November 1967.