Saturday, 26 December 2020

Welsh UFO Sightings - 1957

Welsh UFO Sightings

UFO sightings from 1957. For Welsh sightings from other years please click HERE.

Sunday September 1st, 11:55

Two police officers patrolling Porthcawl seafront saw a blood-red 'something', with a jagged black streak across its centre, rise out of the water on the horizon. As they watched two more streaks appeared above and below. It remained at sea level then went off at a fantastic speed toward the Atlantic.

The Western Mail reported the sighting on Wednesday 4th September 1957:  

Western Mail

They followed up on September 10th with: 

“Just over a week ago, two policemen patrolling Porthcawl promenade, reported seeing a “mysterious red disc” moving across the sky at a fantastic speed. It was seen at the same time over Carmarthen Bay, and again the lifeboat was called out. Porthcawl police reported last night that the lights had not been seen again although a watch was being kept.”

The SUFON case file adds: 

On 9th April 2019, Steve Drewson, Mike Maunder and myself gave a talk to the Kenfig Hill Womens' Institute about UFOSs/SUFON/Local sightings. I talked about the case which occurred on the night of 1 September 1957 at Porthcawl, when two bobbies on the beat saw a USO emerging from the sea and shoot off towards the west. One of the reasons we do these talks is to get people to come forward with their sightings stories. 

After the talk, just that happened. A lady came up to me and told me that she knew the two police officers mentioned in the Western Mail report illustrated (who were not named in the article) and told me some very interesting further information. She told me their names, and that one of the men lived in the flat above her in South Road at the time! Sadly, after the sighting, the two policemen received a lot of ridicule, both in work and publicly and asked to be transferred. They moved to the Hampshire and Dorset Police, one went to Boscombe in Dorset, the other to Poole, she believes. If they are alive now they would be in their 80s. At the time they were both in their 20s.

The lady even remembered what her neighbour told her about where they were exactly, which is not in the article. Apparently, one had just patrolled the eastern end of the promenade, the other, Rest Bay. They'd met in the middle for a chat and a sly fag in the porch of the Porthcawl Pavilion (now a glassed-in cafe). They were there when they saw the object come out of the sea. It's little details like that that I personally love about this subject! Would be nice to track the men down for an interview! - E.W.

I found another mention of the case in APRO Bulletin for May 1958.

Thursday November 14th, 02:30
Mid and South Wales

Multiple witnesses saw a low flying glowing object streaking across the sky. Contemporary opinion was that it was a meteorite.

News Chronicle 30/11/57

Winter 1957
Pontyberem, Llanelli

9-year-old Tyrone Davies was living with his grand-parents in a terraced house in the mining village of Pontyberem in the Gwendraeth valley. One night in the winter of 1957, there was a storm blowing with thunder and lightning and heavy rain. At about 8.30 PM Tyrone's grandmother asked him to collect a bucket of coal from the coal bunker which was situated at the side of the house. Whilst filling the bucket, there was an almighty thunder flash which lit up the sky above the house. As he looked up at the sky, Tyrone could see an enormous saucer-shaped craft which was partly hidden by the clouds. Further lightning flashes revealed the same craft which seemed to be motionless in the sky.

"As I had never seen anything like this before, I ran into the house and called my grandmother to come and see this strange craft in the sky. She declined and informed me that what I had seen was probably caused by the lightning flashes. Knowing what I had seen I decided to open the front door of the house and gazed out over the valley. As the lightning lit up the sky, to my astonishment I could see four smaller saucer shape crafts which again were motionless and looked to be in some kind of formation. Again my grandmother declined to witness this sighting. As she closed the front door, she advised me not to mention what I assumed to have seen to anyone, otherwise I might end up in a mental institution. I took my grandmother's advice and to this day I have only mentioned these sightings to a handful of people."

Tyrone sent us some drawings, one of which shows the four smaller craft hovering over Pentremawr Colliery in Pontyberem.

Source: SUFON Files, witness correspondence spring 2018.

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