WINTER 1969/70 - ST THOMAS,SWANSEA The date is approximate. A young teenager was walking home from a girl guide meeting during a dark winter evening. She lived in Grenfell Park Road in the St. Thomas area of Swansea, and used the rear garden entrance to her house, off Wallace Road, a cul-de-sac. The location is on the lower southern slope of Kilvey Hill, at the edge of the 1920s-built council housing. As she approached the end of the cul-de-sac, she noticed a figure peering around one of the brick pillars which supported the gates of St. Margarets Nursery, which she would walk through to access her back garden. The figure was peering around the right-hand pillar, on the left of it. All she could make out was its head, its right shoulder and the upper portion of its right arm. Its head was bulbous and shaped like an inverted egg, pointy chin, and huge, vertically-aligned, almond-shaped eyes which were white with a black dot in the centre. It had no hair, no ears, and she was not aware of a mouth or nose. Its body, by what she could see of it was puny, like a child, with a narrow, spindly arm. Its hand was not visible as it was behind the pillar. There was no neck visible as it seemed to be hunching. It did not seem to have any clothing and its skin was grey and had a metallic look to it, which seemed to shimmer slightly. It did not move or make a sound but just stared straight at the terrified girl. She said it felt like an eternity, but was really only just seconds. The girl was so alarmed by what she saw that she ran back down Wallace Road and across the road to some near neighbours that she knew, and after they had calmed down the hysterical girl, they went with her back up to the gateway, but no trace of the visitor was evident. She had had a strict Catholic upbringing and had no knowledge of science fiction or even awareness of aliens or UFOs at this time. At the time of the encounter she thought that what she was seeing was a devil of some kind, a result of her religious grounding. It was only years later, after being exposed to the UFO culture on TV and in the media that she noticed the striking similarity of the being that she saw, with the grey aliens so commonly reported, with one exception – the unusual configuration of its eyes, and colour of the eyes which were not black, but white with black iris or pupil. Approximately two weeks after her experience, a Catholic priest at her school asked the class i anyone had experienced something strange in their life. The girl wrote down an account of her experience in a school book, which she still has somewhere. Once she finds the book, a clearer date of when the encounter occurred can be established. She has not told anyone except close family and friends, in all the years since, but came forward after she heard about Swansea UFO Network. She wishes to remain anonymous, hence the reason that we have not used her name in this report.
Artist's impression of the St. Thomas sighting - Emlyn Williams
Source: SUFON Files. Witness interviewed by Emlyn Williams 2015. ___________________________________________________
1970s - PORT TALBOT Evening. Tina H. - aged 6 at the time of her sighting: "It was dark at the time,and i was at the end of my road with a friend.As I looked down the other end of the road, I noticed this huge thing gliding over the houses. I turned to my friend and shouted, 'look at that'. She turned and caught the tail end as it went out of sight. What I cant understand is ,it was so big and so low, I cant recall it ever being on the news or the newspapers. More people must have seen it. It glided slowly above the rooftops, then went out of sight." Duration of sighting: 20 seconds? Source: http://www.ufowatch.com/display.asp?id=2714 ________________________________________
FEBRUARY 1970 - HOPKINSTOWN, PONTYPRIDD Early hours. Price Jacobs (46) a shift mechanic at Tymawr Colliery had a 'chilling sensation' and saw a cloaked 'ghost' peering into a coal bunker at the colliery in Hopkinstown, Pontypridd. He said it then disappeared into the darkness in the direction of St. David's churchyard nearby. Could this be a ghost in the spiritual sense or is it the dark hooded entity sometimes associated with the abduction phenomena - one of the 'shadow people'? Source: Western Mail 14 February 1970 __________________________________________
5 JUNE 1970 - CLYDACH Miss Leanne Williams was one of twenty people, who watched a mystery object in the sky above Clydach, Swansea, on the 5th of June 1970. “I went out into the garden to see it, and about twenty people came out to have a look. It was in view for about twenty minutes and then grew bigger and bigger, until it sank into the mountain. It was like a round, white, ball – the size of a dinner plate. It gave us all the creeps there was something unearthly about it.” The sighting was important enough to bring to the attention of the Wales Today TV programme, who told of other reports from Cwmbran and Aberystwyth. Source: Haunted Skies Vol. 9 page 156 citing South Wales Evening Post 5 June 1970.
11 OCTOBER 1970 - BERTHENGAM, FLINTSHIRE
7.15 PM to 7.30 PM Clear and fine.
Mr Hughes saw something as he was walking into his cottage:
".....I'd been in Holywell, and was just coming in the back door, when I happened to turn and saw this thing going round the TV mast [Afon-wen TV mast]. It was 'saucer-shaped' and reddish, rather like a tangerine and it had a 'tail' to it - like a piece of string". This was followed by four or five others at intervals of about a minute, all going round the mast and then seemed to 'shoot away' before they 'went out'. They seemed solid enough, glowing 'just like a solid thing - no flames'. The 'string-like thing' was not apparent on all of them, but was pretty lengthy - like a kite's tail. It was difficult to obtain an exact idea of size, as this could only be done in relation to lights on the mast (the top three were visible from Mr Hughes' home).