1978 - Reports: 36
1978 – SWANSEA BAY
The witness does not know the exact date, but has pin-pointed it to a bright cold morning in 1978. Could be spring or autumn because it takes place between 7 and 8 am, and it is light.
Jeffrey Jones, living at 18 Eigen Crescent, Mayhill, Swansea was up at 7 am to get ready for work, where he had to be by 8.
He glanced out of his window, which overlooks Swansea Bay and noticed a very bright white cigar-shaped object, which he described as being like a burning magnesium flare.
The object was positioned over the bay, roughly in line with Blackpill, moving very slowly on a level course from his right to left, or from west to east. The moment he had consciously noted his attention was on the object, it stopped moving.
At this point he bemusedly thought, “Oh it knows what I’m thinking”, removed his gaze to continue getting ready for work, at which point it started moving again, continuing to drift slowly eastwards.
He knew this was taking place because when he again focused his attention on the object, it had moved its position, and again stopped as if it knew it was being looked at! This process was repeated several times over the course of 20 minutes, during which time, Jeff spent about 15 minutes leaning on his windowsill studying it.
Finally he had to leave for work, by which time it had made it to Briton Ferry, having crossed the bay. As he walked down Mount Pleasant Hill towards the city centre, Jeff could still see the object over towards Briton Ferry.
He told no one in work what he seen but when he got home in the evening, he mentioned it to his brother and parents and wondered if there might be something about it on the TV news. Sure enough, on the evening news it was reported that people in Bridgend and Newport had made reports of UFOs, and he wondered if it had been the same object that he had seen that morning.
Source: SUFON Files: witness interviewed by Emlyn Williams 27 July 2015.
1978 – MAYHILL, SWANSEA
The witness, Jeffrey Jones, who had seen a bright cigar-shaped object over Swansea Bay one cold morning this year, learned from a neighbour that something was over his house, not long after.
One night after 11 PM, a family who lived opposite his house, 18 Eigen Crescent, Mayhill, were sitting chatting in their living room. 19-year-old Jan was the first to see a flat silver disc hovering over the roof of Jeff’s house across the street. It was small enough to be able to land in Jeff’s front garden if it had wanted to.
She called her sister and brother-in-law. As they got to the window they all saw the object shoot straight up into the sky. They excitedly ran across the street and banged on Jeff’s door to tell him what they had seen.
They spent the next few nights watching out but did not see anything else.
Source: SUFON Files: Jeff Jones interviewed by Emlyn Williams 27 July 2015.
JANUARY 1978 - RHEWL, DENBIGHSHIRE
A silver/red cigar-shaped object 'with struts' was seen.
Source: BUFORA Journal Vol. 7 No. 4 Nov/Dec 1978. Investigator: Colin Bord.
6 – 7 JANUARY 1978 – SWANSEA BAY
Husband and wife, Bill and Evelyn Saul, of Southdown Road, Aberavon, were at Margam around midnight when they saw an object in the sky.
Bill Saul: “I saw this brilliant phosphorescent glow travelling swiftly towards the Swansea area. My wife thought it looked rather like a tadpole in shape and I would agree. I hadn’t reported it to anyone until this morning. There are always some people who treat it as a giggle and I waited to hear if anyone else had spotted what we saw.”
Bill was in his early 60s and is the steward at the Masonic Lodge in Forge Road, Port Talbot.
Source: South Wales Evening Post 9 January 1978.
The sighting was substantiated by Maureen Davies, of Elwy Gardens, Townhill, Swansea. She was returning home from her barmaid job shortly after midnight when she spotted an object in the sky exactly the same as described by the Aberavon couple.
Maureen Davies: “It was a brilliant glow about the size of a plane but dome shaped. It was pretty close and for a few seconds I thought I was seeing things.”
Source: South Wales Evening Post 10 January 1978.
7 JANUARY 1978 – SWANSEA BAY
Two Aberavon steelworkers who were fishing near the Port Talbot Tidal Harbour, Cliff Dudley, aged 40, of Verdi Road, Sandfields, and Terry Crowley, of Farm Drive, Sandfields saw a UFO five times in the space of an hour between 6 and 7 pm.
Mr Dudley said: “On the first two occasions it was just like a flash of light travelling in the first instance from the west going across Swansea Bay towards Porthcawl and then in the reverse direction.
The third time it was below low cloud travelling more slowly and was an oval fluorescent shape. On the fourth and fifth occasions it was too fast to distinguish any shape. I had not reported it before but having read of sightings of UFO in the area I thought it right to report what I saw as it might help anyone investigating to set some pattern to whatever is happening.”
Source: South Wales Evening Post Wednesday 11 January 1978.
9 JANUARY 1978 – NEATH
7.15 PM. Five people were in Addison Road, Melin, Neath. One of them, 20-year-old Gary Jones, of Walters Road, Neath, was repairing his car and saw an object in the sky.
Gary Jones: “It had three main lights which were flashing. It looked like an aeroplane at first, but it couldn’t have been because there was no noise.”
He described the UFO as having a straight bottom with the sides rising to a triangular shape.
It was white in colour.
Within minutes of the object moving off in the direction of Jersey Marine (south-west), another came into view travelling on the same course. Similarly shaped, it hovered in the sky before following the path of the other UFO.
Source: South Wales Evening Post Tuesday 10 January 1978.
9 JANUARY 1978 – KILLAY, SWANSEA
Bob Morse of Goetre Fawr Road, Dunvant, was one of three adults and four youngsters in Killay who saw a UFO during the evening. He described it as having two red lights and occasionally emitting a blue arc from the bottom.
He said that with the aid of binoculars it could be seen to be spinning as it travelled.
“It was silent and moved in an arc from Killay towards Three Crosses.”
Source: South Wales Evening Post Wednesday 11 January 1978.
11 JANUARY 1978 - TINTERN
About 6.30 PM.
A group of children and young people saw an object in the sky above Tintern. They were just about to enter the village hall for a meeting of the Church Lads and Girls Brigade when they all saw what 14-year-old Alan Carter from Tintern described as a disc-shaped object moving quite low in the sky. Flashing red, white, blue and green lights could be seen coming from it. The object was clearly visible for a few minutes before it eventually moved away behind a hill. All of the group saw it, including Alan's mother and another adult who was also with them at the time.
Source: Unknown Gwent - Alan Roderick 1986 citing South Wales Argus.
11 JANUARY 1978 – KILVEY HILL, SWANSEA
An object was sighted at about 8 pm by 13-year-old Hannah Hayward, of Heol-Trefor in Penlan.
“I saw three big white lights over Kilvey Hill, followed by an explosion which left a green triangular effect.”
Source: South Wales Evening Post Saturday 14 January 1978.
11 JANUARY 1978 – NEATH
31-year-old Glyn Thomas of Pine Grove, Cimla, Neath, while walking along Cimla Road during the evening, heard a bleep and on looking up into the sky sighted a cigar-shaped object moving towards Skewen and Swansea, which he described as being red with blue cockpit and a white flashing light.
A 'beeping' sound was heard.
This case was investigated by C. E. Edwards of BUFORA.
13 JANUARY 1978 – NEATH
Andrew Jilson, aged 14 was outside his house with a few friends in Mary Street, Neath during the evening when he saw an oval-shaped object in the sky.
“It was about 10-15 feet long and appeared to have a tail.
There were two lights on, one was bright while the other a dull colour. I looked through my binoculars and saw three burners like on a rocket on the back of the object.
For about a quarter of an hour it went back and fore in a straight line.”
Source: South Wales Evening Post Saturday 14 January 1978.
17 JANUARY 1978 – MORRISTON
16-year-old Angelina Lambardi of Neath Road, Landore, Swansea was travelling by bus with some friends after school towards Morriston when they saw a round object gleaming in the sky.
“My friend said it was a plane”, said Angelina, “but I told her you don’t get round planes.”
The object was round she said, with a bump on the top and was very high in the sky, shining brightly. She and her friends observed it for several minutes as it hung apparently motionless in the sky.
A spokesperson at Swansea Airport said that they had not picked up anything that was not identified but added that their radar was not constantly manned.
Source: South Wales Evening Post Wednesday 18 January 1978.
FEBRUARY 1978 - BETWEEN CARMARTHEN & NEWCASTLE EMLYN
Morning - bright and sunny.
Two company directors, while driving between Carmarthen and Newcastle Emlyn, saw a large cigar-shaped machine at least 20 feet long, cross their path 100 yards ahead. It made no sound and was flying as low as the top of a bus as it passed out of sight into a field. Expecting to hear it crash, the shaken men were amazed to find nothing as they drove by.
Source: BUFORA Journal Vol. 7 No. 1 May/Jun 1978 citing The Daily Express, 13 February 1978.
BETWEEN 1 - 4 FEBRUARY 1978 - FELINDRE MOUNTAIN, SWANSEA
10.30 PM. Dark, stormy night.
Abrielle Jones was driving her elderly friend Vikki home from attending a psychic meeting. It was around 10.30 pm when, just outside the village of Felndre, Swansea, on a steep bend the car suddenly went dead. The engine and all the lights failed. After a few minutes the car started and the lights came back on. As they drove home over the mountain they noticed a single light in the distance. It came towards them and zoomed in through the windscreen, flashing and darting around the interior for what seemed like several minutes. It was a golden coloured orb, an inch or two in diameter. It went round behind them around the back seat and Abrielle was shouting to Vikki, 'Where is it, can you see it?'. It eventually exited through the passenger window and disappeared into the night.
When they arrived at Vikki's cottage on the mountain top they were surprised to find it so late, it was now around 12.30 pm. They had around an hour and a half unaccounted for. Abrielle went inside while Vikki turned all the lights on (she had recently been widowed and was afraid of the dark). When Abrielle went to go home, her car was again dead. Vikki told her to stay the night but Abrielle insisted she had to get home to take get her kids up for school in the morning and so she walked home over the mountain in the storm.
Abrielle gave us the month of February. After consulting weather records, we found that there were gales in the area in the period 1st - 4th February, so this has assisted us in dating the sighting.
Source: SUFON Files: Abrielle Jones interviewed by Steve Drewson and Emlyn Williams 21 March 2017.
8 FEBRUARY 1978 – NEATH
14-year-old Rebecca Griffiths, who lives in Woodfield, Eaglesbush, saw an object over the Cimla area of Neath at 5.45 pm. It all started with the dog barking at the front door of her house, and Rebecca went to the door and looked in the direction the dog was looking.
She saw a pink light in the sky and immediately called her mother to the door. They both watched the object moving at a terrific speed in the direction of Morriston.
Her mother, Hilary Griffiths later described the object as having an oval shape, and making no noise. The dog was barking furiously and so maybe could hear something the human witnesses couldn’t.
Mrs Griffiths said the family lives away from other houses. “We are on our own in a field,” she said. “None of our neighbours saw anything.”
Source: South Wales Evening Post
27 FEBRUARY 1978 – TRIMSARAN
Cyril Parry and his wife, of Waun Baglan, Trimsaran, were seeing off some friends just after 8 pm when they happened to glance up and saw a disc-shaped bright light above some electricity pylons. Mr. Parry said the light changed from a bluey colour to a dimmed red and then it disappeared up into the sky, moving faster than a plane.
“It was rather like a sun-lamp. There were three of us who saw it, then is disappeared upwards and outwards,” said Mr. Parry.
Source: South Wales Evening Post 28 February 1978.
MAY 1978 – ST. BRIDES HAVEN
Afternoon. Sunny day. A red, ball-like UFO frightened swimmers and holiday-makers at St. Brides Haven, on the north coast of the Dale Peninsula in Pembrokeshire. The sphere, which appeared flying low along the coast from the direction of Stack Rocks, caused bathers to run from the water and visitors to desert the beach in panic.
Source: The Welsh Triangle Peter Paget 1979.
MAY 1978 - ABERGAVENNY
About 9.30 PM.
Two spherical objects were seen over Abergavenny. They were glowing red and moving slowly in formation across the sky in a north-west direction. Cardiff amateur astronomer Gerard Dolan said the description fitted Venus and Jupiter and the red glow would have been caused by light passing through the earth's atmosphere!
Source: BUFORA Journal Vol. 7 No. 3 Sep/Oct 1978 citing South Wales Echo 31 May 1978.
2 MAY 1978 – SWANSEA
9.50 PM. David Cox, the local manager of the Sun Alliance Insurance Co. Was driving through Townhill with his wife. As they were proceeding along Powys Avenue, they saw an object in the sky.
David Cox: “We saw a light travelling quickly from my right towards Penlan from town. It was fairly high up and moving at a fairly high speed” [should be left to right as he was heading west – as described further]
At first he thought he had also seen a red light on the craft and believed it to be a plane – or it might have been a helicopter when it stopped in the sky above Graiglwyd Square, and hovered.
“It went slowly up and down and backwards and forwards. It appeared to be like three of the five balls of the Olympic sign, and gradually it hovered and dropped and disappeared behind a house.”
Closer to home, in Warwick Road, Derwen Fawr, they saw the object again, which was a dull white light, hovering over the Clyne Valley, Killay and Dunvant. At about 10.13 PM the light “just went out” and the object disappeared.
Air traffic control at Swansea Airport said there were no aircraft in the area at the time.
Source: South Wales Evening Post Wednesday 3 May 1978.
25 MAY 1978 - BANGOR
A bright dome-shaped light was seen.
Source: BUFORA Journal Vol. 8 No. 2 April 1979 citing Investigator C. Bord.
14 JULY 1978 - NEWGALE
Mary Mills, a trainee south London nurse was on a fortnight's camping holiday at Newgale, Pembrokeshire with her parents and elder brother. She and her brother were bathing at a point almost directly opposite their tent; both were kneeling in the sea when Mary suddenly rose to her feet, looked towards the base of the cliffs and called out to her brother, "Look, what's that?" he could see nothing, but she insisted that some 100 yards away she could see 'a light coming across the water' which she described as 'a very light intense colour of blue': this was about 12 inches wide and formed a band on the surface of the sea, gradually moving away from the spot where they stood. It passed close to the shore side of Green Scar [rock off the coast], then neared some jutting, sharp-pointed rocks, until it reached the base of the cliffs. Here it slowly crawled over the smooth surface of the many boulders, maintaining its slow, steady progress and losing nothing of its intensity until it finally reached the base of the cliff itself.Then, it climbed up until it reached the summit where it suddenly 'snapped out'. The witness was adamant that it was no optical illusion, or that it might have been the rays of the sun reflected on the waves. She had been in the water with her brother for about 15 minutes. It was then 6 pm and at that hour of the day the sun would have been behind the bathers so there would have been no necessity for her to shield her eyes. Randall Jones-Pugh asked her: "Are you sure the light was not coming from under the surface of the sea?" No - she was definite it lay on the surface. When she first saw it, she said, the band of light was static- but then began to move away. She kept it in sight for a span of 3/4 mile to the summit of the cliffs before losing sight of it.
She was quite unable to describe the quality of the blue colour, saying that the best she could do was to call it a 'fixed colour', in contrast to the ever-changing bluish hues of sea water. Further questioning elicited that she suddenly became very frightened, thinking, 'Good God, I'm going to see God!' She and her brother then rushed out of the sea and made their way back to the tent.
Source: BUFORA Journal Vol. 7 No. 4 Nov/Dec 1978 - Investigator: Randall Jones-Pugh.
25 JULY 1978 - CHEPSTOW
A UFO was spotted over Chepstow Racecourse. The principle witness, Tony Rostenburg, a 32-year-old managing director of a catering firm, was staying overnight together with his staff at the racecourse in preparation for the weekend's 'Chepstow Spectacular Show'. It was early morning and Mr Rostenburg was the first up.
He described his experience: 'I saw this thing, so I decided to get the others to take a look at it. It was just like a ball with three lights on it. I could see it distinctly as it moved sideways up and down and it was spinning clearly. There is no way an aircraft could have looked or moved like that.'
The UFO hovered over the course for five minutes while Mr Rostenburg aroused the other members of staff, and they also witnessed the strange, spinning saucer. Fifteen-year-old Stuart Denks said: 'Seeing is believing. It was real and pretty frightening.'
Finally the UFO took off and vanished at high speed up into the clouds.
Source: The Welsh Triangle Peter Paget 1979.
SUMMER 1978 – LOUGHOR ESTUARY
One summer evening in 1978 around 7 PM, Susan Daborn was walking back to her flat in Chestnut Avenue, Gorseinon. She was with her children and friends. Her friend’s young son drew her attention, telling her to look across the sky, where she saw a large object surrounded by four other smaller shapes, really bright, so much so that it hurt to look at it.
The object was over the Loughor Estuary, to the west of her position, and may have been as far away as Llanelli. She did not report it or tell anyone for fear of ridicule.
Source: SUFON Files.
AUGUST 1978 - MILFORD HAVEN
Two teenage boys, Robin Morgan, aged 17, of Meyler Crescent, Milford Haven and Paul Duffey, aged 17, saw a 'monster' late one evening in a school field.
They said it was 12 feet tall, was clad in a black robe, with light radiating from a white head. Both had a clear sight of it before they ran away to Milford Haven police station to report it. They both denied that their report was a hoax, and said that they were 'very frightened' by what they had seen.
A Milford Haven police spokesman said that the boys were extremely agitated when they reported their sighting. Police searched the field but saw nothing.
Source: South Wales Evening Post 14 August 1978.
AUGUST 1978 - BROAD HAVEN
Allison Richards from Kidderminster, Worcesteshire was on holiday with her husband Stan and her daughter, aged 12, in Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire.
One day she decided to go for a walk with her daughter along the coastal path leading to Stack Rocks.
She said that after the two of them had been walking for what seemed like hours, they noticed that the coastal path was much eroded and in quite a dangerous condition.
They looked down onto the beach and saw a number of strange black boulders strewn all over the beach as if the tide had washed them up. They thought that maybe the objects were black tree stumps.
They carried on with their walk and noticed several small caves in the cliff face. Then they saw what looked like a huge black mushroom, without a stalk, floating on the surface of the sea, just off the beach.
Allison thought, "What on earth is that?" and her daughter shouted out in alarm. Looking up, she saw "...something resembling a huge plate, dull metal in colour, with a 'lump' projecting from the middle."
She grabbed her daughter and started to climb over some barbed wire fencing into a field. In the field some horses were huddled together in one corner. Allison felt that she wanted to ride one away due to her fear "I felt so frightened and unable to comprehend what it was that we had just seen."
They ran for what seemed a long time and then collapsed on the ground with exhaustion. Stan then found us and while she was telling him about what had just happened, she noticed a man on the other side of the beach, who was wearing blue jeans and a denim top. He had dark hair, and "looked a bit like a 'hippy'. We decided to catch-up with him and ask if he had seen the UFO."
But no matter how fast they ran towards him, he still kept the same distance away from them. They gave up and headed back to their car. Then Stan noticed that the man was now in front of them. The 'hippy' walked towards them. Allison noticed that "he had the most amazing veined eyes". He said nothing, just shook his head and smiled. Now feeling strangely threatened they jumped into their car and drove away as fast as they could.
Allison suffered from intense pains in her head, for a number of years afterwards, and discovered five small indentations on her left leg, below the knee cap, which had not been there before. Her daughter is still traumatised by what she saw, despite the experience taking place over twenty-five years ago .
A couple of years after the incident, Allison was visited by an MOD official, who interviewed her about what had happened. He showed her some maps and seemed very interested in what she had to say.
The family returned to the area a few years later and were surprised to discover that there was no sign of the small caves or the black boulders. The walk along the cliff path to Stack Rocks took a fraction of the time that it had previously. It took them thirty minutes, not hours.
She contacted UFO Investigator Randall Jones Pugh who met her at the site, and told her that the horses and the field were part of Ripperston Farm.
Allison sadly passed away in 2008.
Source: Haunted Skies Volume 7.
12 AUGUST 1978 - PRESTATYN
Three white lights were seen.
Source: BUFORA JOURNAL Vol. 8 No. 2 April 1979 citing Investigator M. Keatman.
AUGUST 1978 - DYFFRYN ARDUDWY, GWYNEDD
Robin Luth was camping near the dam in Dyffryn Ardudwy and saw what was described as a rotating multiple coloured oval disc in Cwm near Llyn Bodnant. It was visible for 20 minutes emitting bright blue light.
1 SEPTEMBER 1978 - LLANERCHYMEDD, ANGLESEY
David Mark Hesketh (aged 11), was playing football with others next to fields at the rear of the Maes Athen Estate [this is a small development, the street is called Church Street in the south-eastern quarter of the village - E.W.]. One of the boys suddenly shouted that a helicopter was landing in one of the fields. As David went for a closer look, he could see that the object was unlike any helicopter he had ever seen. It was bullet-shaped, coloured white all over, but had a red glow around its edges: a band or red light appeared to go across the object. At the same time, Carmen Burford (aged 12) was babysitting at a flat on the estate and spotted what would be the same object though she described it as being cigar-shaped. In the meantime, some of the boys had run to the estate and told a Mrs Owen and Mrs Parry what was happening. Mrs Owen went inside her house to go upstairs and get a better look at the object. Mrs Parry went to the field to see for herself. When she reached there, she saw a spinning white light she thought was a helicopter coming in to land at RAF Valley: she went to tell her husband and then returned to the field. As she approached, the boys started to shout that the object was going to land, but although she ran the last few yards, she failed to get a glimpse of the object as it went behind some trees. She then went back indoors.
David Mark Hesketh then noticed that some horses two fields away were running riot and saw two quite tall men, 6 feet or more in height. One seemed to be waving his arms about above his shoulders. Meanwhile Mrs Owen had reached her bedroom and claimed to have seen three men in the same field, each dressed in a one-piece suit with a hood covering their heads. She shouted to the boys to get the police and David (Mark) ran to do so. In the confusion, no one noticed what finally happened to the strange-looking men.
Source: BUFORA Journal Vol. 8 No. 1 Jan/Feb 1979.
1 SEPTEMBER 1978 - LLANERCHYMEDD, ANGLESEY
Jeremy Burford and three others were driving outside Llanerchymedd and saw a purple star-like object which made a close pass at them.
Source: BUFORA Journal Vol. 8 No. 1 Jan/Feb 1979.
OCTOBER 1978 - GWAUN-CAE-GURWEN
Between 4 AM and 5 AM
Alun Morgan, of Heol Caegurwen, Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, a member of the local Carmel Chapel, and the caretaker of two nearby factories, was on his way to work one morning.
He noticed, over the nearby Penllerfedwen Mountain a UFO which 'suddenly rose into the air and seemed to vanish.'
He recalled it as being cigar-shaped with blue flashes emanating from the sides, end and top.
Then, on other occasions since and early in the morning he has noticed similar manoeuvres by the samwe type of object.
Corroborating his story is a woman from the Garnant area who has reported seeing the same shaped UFO, also at about four in the morning, and another resident, Mr D. Pritchard, of Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen.
[Penllerfedwen Mountain is located south-east of the village of Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen].
Source: Herald of Wales Saturday 28 October 1978.
8 OCTOBER 1978 - PENYSARN, ANGLESEY
The chief witness was travelling in his car along the Penysarn by-pass, Anglesey, in the direction of Dulas on this Sunday evening. As he came onto the by-pass, out of the corner of his eye he noticed a strange light quite high up to his left. This passed over the car in the direction of Carmel, then remained stationary. The witness then stopped at a friend's house and three others came out to watch. At first, nothing was seen and two went back in, but then, from the general direction of Carmel, a small orange speck appeared in the sky, growing in size. The other two were called out again to watch the object, which was like two saucers joined at the rim by a black band. Not all that high up and at first just hanging in the air, it then began to move slowly towards the startled witnesses: suddenly it reversed direction and veered slowly off to the right, tilting as it did so. As it performed the tilting manoeuvre it appeared to change shape, taking the form of a triangle with its point uppemost and showing two square protrusions near its lower points.
Apart from the black band, it was orange in colour, and although having a distinct shape, there was an orange glow around it. No sound was heard. Finally, it shot away rapidly in the Rhosybol direction and was lost in the glare of the lights from the Shell tank farm near Rhosgoch.
Source: BUFORA Journal Vol. 9 No. 1 March 1980. Investigator: K. Babb.
29 OCTOBER 1978 - OAKENHOLT, FLINT
11-year-old Gaynor Sunderland was returning home in Oakenholt from a disco, with her elder brother Carl. She saw a large orange light hovering in the south east, seemingly dancing on the hedgerows. She pointed it out to Carl, who said it was just a funny firework, and turned away. She continued to watch for several more seconds before it shot off over fields.
Source: 'The Sunderland Family Encounters - Part 2' - Jenny Randles and Paul Whetnall - Flying Saucer Review 1979 Vol. 25 No. 4.
29 OCTOBER 1978 - OAKENHOLT, FLINT
Mrs Sunderland took the dog for a walk near the house in Oakenholt. As usual, on clear nights such as this, she took her binoculars to look at the stars. Suddenly in the SSW, near the location of her daughter, Gaynor's CE3 in 1976, she saw a large light. She tried but failed, to dismiss it as an aircraft or star. Through binoculars it appeared as a white circle with a smaller orange circle inside. A red band, about a quarter the width of the orange circle, was lying across the middle, with a break in the centre. The whole thing rotated anti-clockwise at a moderate but consistent rate. She felt isolated and hypnotically attracted to it. Eventually she broke free from the spell, and rushed home, taking out her loaded camera. As she fumbled to photograph it, the sphere climbed at a 45 degree angle, hovered briefly, and as she was about to take the picture, shot away at an unbelievable speed to disappear almost instantly. Where the object had been there remained a very faint, circular green luminescence. Twenty minutes later she went out again and it was still there. At 2 a.m. she got up to look for it but it had disappeared. The next day she telephoned RAF Sealand (ten miles to the east) and she was told that they had had dozens of reports of it, but they had no idea what it was. Wishing to give researchers Randles and Whetnall the details, she phoned the RAF again the following day but they denied all knowledge of the UFO and the other reports.
Source: 'The Sunderland Family Encounters - Part 2' - Jenny Randles and Paul Whetnall - Flying Saucer Review 1979 Vol.25 No.4.
NOVEMBER 1978 – SWANSEA
Bernard and Jill Simons, of Odo Street, Hafod, Swansea, watched several objects for over an hour.
Their attention was drawn to it by their children, and they reported it as being a “mysterious object that appeared to be hovering over the Caereithin area of Swansea, changing colour from blue to green then green to red.”
The Simons were determined to keep an eye on the changing light believed to be emanating from the object, which was still there an hour later, and lying slightly lower over the horizon. Watching for another ten minutes, the light was then joined by a further series which approached from an opposite direction making eight in all.
The second series seemed to stop and begin to divide, moving in various directions at “unimaginable speed”.
Bernard Simons: “We’ve got nothing that moves that fast.”
The lights then came back together and were joined by a third source, he observed, while the second and third lights moved gradually away and vanished. Then the original light followed and disappeared.
There was no sound noticed.
Shortly afterwards, what was thought to be the same phenomenon was sighted in Dunvant and nearby areas, then over Bishopston, Gower.
Source: Herald of Wales 11 November 1978.
NOVEMBER 1978 - CARDIFF
The witness, a Dr. Hamilton had a daylight sighting of a huge triangle with 14 pulsating lights around the edges. He was driving though the city at the time, the triangle disappeared into low cloud in the direction of Newport.
Source: BUFORA BUlletin No. 11 - Nov 1983 - Investigator: Bill Ritch.
LATE 1978 - ST. ASAPH
Witness thinks it could be late 1979. Michelle of Towyn saw a triangular-shaped craft with white lights at the corners over the river bridge in St. Asaph. She watched it for 2 minutes. It hovered and moved forward.
Source: Courtesy of Margaret Fry: ref: 1995 - 2000 notebook: 19 October 2000.