Con­fer­ence delves into UFO mys­tery

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AN Amer­i­can writer who is con­vinced that some alien ab­duc­tion sto­ries are real is a guest speaker at a UFO con­fer­ence in Holm­firth this weekend.

Kath­leen Mar­den, a lead­ing UFO and ab­duc­tion re­searcher, dates her in­ter­est in the sub­ject to Septem­ber 1961 when her aunt, Betty Hill, phoned her child­hood home to re­port that she and her hus­band Bar­ney had en­coun­tered a fly­ing saucer in New Hamp­shire’s White Moun­tains.

The cou­ple later claimed they had been ab­ducted by ex­trater­res­tri­als, an ac­count which is recog­nised as the first widely pub­li­cised re­port of an alien ab­duc­tion in the United States.

Kath­leen Mar­den is among six speak­ers at the two-day UFO Truth Mag­a­zine In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence which takes place this weekend, Septem­ber 16 and 17, at Holm­firth Civic Hall.

Con­fer­ence or­gan­iser and Holm­firth res­i­dent Gary He­sel­tine, founder and editor of the UFO Truth Mag­a­zine, said: “The con­fer­ence is fast be­com­ing a reg­u­lar cal­en­dar event for Holm­firth with lo­cal shops, cafes, restau­rants and ho­tels and guest houses all ben­e­fit­ting from the hun­dreds of peo­ple who de­scend on the town from Fri­day to Sun­day from all around Bri­tain and some even from Europe.

He added: “The mag­a­zine was founded in 2013 and it was al­ways my hope and in­ten­tion that it should be based in the town.

“I wanted to bring a late year boost to lo­cal busi­nesses and for it to be­come a reg­u­lar fix­ture in the yearly cal­en­dar for Holm­firth.

“This year we have two ma­jor speak­ers from the United States, Kath­leen Mar­den and Robert Ja­cobs. Kath­leen is the niece of the cou­ple Bar­ney and Betty Hill who be­came fa­mous for be­ing in­volved in the first well doc­u­mented ‘alien ab­duc­tion’ case in 1961.

“Kath­leen has be­come a highly re­spected UFO au­thor and re­searcher in her own right.”

He added: “Robert Ja­cobs is a re­tired US Air Force of­fi­cer and mis­sile spe­cial­ist who be­came in­volved in a ma­jor UFO event in 1964 when an At­las rocket that he was track­ing and film­ing was tar­geted by a UFO whilst in mid-air, caus­ing it to crash to the ground.”

The third over­seas speaker is Fran­cisco Cor­rea who is the head of the Exo-pol­i­tics move­ment in Por­tu­gal. He will re­veal an ar­ray of Por­tuguese mil­i­tary and pilot UFO cases.

The UK speak­ers are Gary, the host and founder of the mag­a­zine, au­thor An­drew John­son and blog­ger and ra­dio show host, Ben Em­lynJones.

There are still a small num­ber of tick­ets avail­able for this event which has been a sell-out ev­ery year to date.

Tick­ets are only avail­able from the mag­a­zine web­site on this link: www. ufotruth­­fer­ence/

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