ON February 7, my column concerned UFOs, and brought the usual response from readers; the vast majority liked it, while a small number of sceptics (well, one actually) chanted the usual mantra that the witnesses were all lying or deluded.
Reader Barry Alton is neither a liar nor deluded, for he has no motivation to be the former and there’s no evidence he is the latter.
He saw a UFO, that’s for sure, and what he saw was uncannily similar to the saucer-shaped UFO described by the reader “B” in my previous column...
“I write you regarding the UFO article in the Gazette (February 7), which a friend has brought to my attention.
“This report brought vivid memories back to me, and may be linked to the encounter ‘B’ may have witnessed.
“It was on a clear and gentle night during the winter of 1966, maybe September and about 8pm.
“Myself, my wife and my two brothers-in-law (aged 13 and 17 at the time) saw a UFO uncannily similar to that in your article.
“We first saw the object while walking on the way to our residence in Hyde Street, via the old Westoe Colliery steps over the train lines near Osbourne Avenue.
“It was wandering slowly around the sky on a general route over North Shields towards Tyne Dock.
“It was just a small white light at this time – I could tell it was not a conventional aircraft due to the strange ‘wandering manoeuvres’ it was taking.
“The object had disappeared from our view by the time we had arrived at Hyde Street, some 10 minutes later.
“My two brothers-in-law were going to a fish and chip shop in Westoe Road.
“Suddenly, the UFO appeared and flew almost directly over us. Believe me, it was a vision I will never forget. This was without doubt a UFO.
“The only noise we could hear was a soft humming sound as this ‘flying saucer’– shaped craft flew slowly towards the town hall in a north westerly direction.
“The black, circular shape was clearly visible as it blocked out the stars while it progressed across the sky.
“The circular white light was directly underneath and centrally located on the underbelly of the craft, and was approximately one-third of the size of the entire object.
“Around the circumference was an aurora of soft and colourful plasma-type light.
“We estimated the UFO to be travelling at about 15mph and that it was at least 40ft in diameter.
“We watched this unbelievable sight for about two minutes as the object skimmed about 100ft above the rooftops of the houses in Westoe Road.
“Was it the same object as seen by ‘B’? We can only wonder.
“We never officially reported this incident, knowing it would only be disbelieved.
“However, as far as I am aware, there was no other local report disclosed regarding this strange encounter – until now.”
The object might just be the same as the one seen by “B” and her friends, as both sightings took place in the same month of the same year – and in the same general area.
The objects sound very similar indeed, as does their strange, constantly-changing trajectory.
We can’t say definitively that it was the same object, but we can certainly say it could have originated from same source.
The Earth has been under constant surveillance by UFOs for thousands of years, and although it is now generally accepted that the governments of this world are aware of this, UFO researchers also believe on the whole that we have very little knowledge of what their true purpose is.
One UFO will be filmed hovering over a missile silo in Nevada, another over a graveyard in South Shields.
We may not know why they are here, but one thing is for sure: they are, and they are being seen in ever-increasing numbers.
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