Sky watch­ers are stunned

BBC History Magazine - - History Now / Backgrounder -

Did aliens visit Eng­land in the 1960s? If the news­pa­pers are any­thing to go by, the an­swer is a re­sound­ing yes. Sight­ings of UFOs across Britain were con­tin­u­ally re­ported in the press, and in 1968 one of the most in­ter­est­ing oc­curred. The city of Coven­try was brought to a late night stand­still by “a high-speed fly­ing ob­ject”, de­scribed by one ob­server to be “di­a­mond-shaped, with a long tail”. These “sky-watch­ers”, as the Coven­try Evening Tele­graph chris­tened them, watched the ob­ject through binoc­u­lars as it hov­ered over cen­tral Coven­try for ap­prox­i­mately 15 min­utes, be­fore dis­ap­pear­ing “away through the clouds”.

Mr Nigel Cou­p­land, on duty as a se­cu­rity of­fi­cer, said that at around 10pm he and a col­league had wit­nessed a “red-glow­ing star-like ob­ject” over Earls­don. “I thought that it looked about the size of a hov­er­craft, lit up,” Mr Cou­p­land said. Many peo­ple re­ported the same sight­ing that night, and ques­tions of a ‘ hush hush’ transat­lantic flight were quickly shut down by an of­fi­cial from the Min­istry of Tech­nol­ogy. So what was it that so many peo­ple saw that night? News story sourced from british­news­pa­per­ar­chive.co.uk and re­dis­cov­ered by Fern Rid­dell. Fern reg­u­larly ap­pears on BBC Ra­dio 3’s Free Think­ing

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