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Welsh UFO Sightings 1966

Welsh UFO Sightings

Welsh UFO sightings from 1966. For sightings from other years please click HERE.

Thursday 6th January, 18:30
Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire

"....I was on the wall of Saundersfoot harbour in Pembrokeshire fishing for whiting. The night was cold and still with a slight sea mist. Along with other fishermen I then saw something moving out in Carmarthen Bay. Across our front, from left to right, a luminous object was travelling over the waves at about a mile range and no more than a hundred feet above the water. It seemed to be a glowing, spherical mass giving out a white light which pulsated with a periodicity of about two seconds. Each pulsation lit up the surrounding haze for several times the diameter of the object. It was on a level course and moving at about 250 mph, which soon took it out of sight behind Monkstone Point heading south. The display was in total silence.

Although I worked for several years at an R.A.F. Experimental establishment and took part in numerous airborne experiments and also worked at Cambridge Airport and with Cambridge University squadron as an engineer, I felt unable to categorize the object as anything mechanical. I decided it must have been an electrical phenomenon of the atmosphere."

Source: 'The Dragon and the Disc'- F. W. Holiday (1973), p. 108

Friday June 10th, 04:30
Trimsaran, Carmarthenshire

Dave B. was 16-years-old and living in his parents house in Trimsaran. He got up in the night to use the upstairs bathroom. From a window, he saw a pulsating, round, spherical object that "looked like the sun," flying slowly at a low altitude of under 500 feet,passing over a coal mine, which was followed by 3 black helicopters. Dave said the UFO was bigger than the helicopters and he watched them slowly pass by for ten seconds. Reported by witness 23/06/2017.

July 22nd, 21:00
Llandrindod Wells

Flying Saucer Review V12/N6 (Nov-Dec 1966) reported:  

Mr. W. J. Norton, Curator of the Ludlow Museum, Shropshire, has submitted the following account of a UFO seen by himself, his wife, and his young son, together with a local farmer at 9 p.m. on July 22 over Penybont Common, Llandrindod Wells, Radnorshire.

"My little boy aged 5 was the first to spot the object," writes Mr. Norton.  "It was then at a considerable distance and appeared to be near the horizon in the east. It was shining very brightly for a short while, then vanished. We stopped to eat a snack and see if it would reappear, and after a minute or two we heard a local farmer, Mr. Reynolds of Taffryn, Dolau, Knighton, calling our attention to the object which appeared almost overhead but still towards the east. It could be very clearly seen hovering for perhaps 30 or 40 seconds."

"The shape of the object was that of an isosceles triangle or low cone, and it was like highly polished silver shining brilliantly. It seemed to 'drift' out of sight in a very strange manner, vanishing suddenly as it moved without decreasing in size, though not into the distance or into clouds. The farmer said he heard no sound, but both my wife and I heard a low humming whilst the object was almost overhead."

Wednesday 14th September, evening

Margaret Davies, a trained plane spotter during WW2, wrote into the Sunday Mirror (25/09/1966) to describe a UFO she saw from her garden along with six neighbourhood boys. The object was "completely immobile", made no sound, and changed colour between blue, white and orange. It then "went off at great speed towards the sea."

On October 2nd the Sunday Mirror published a letter from Gwyn David Jackson of Morpeth Road, Bristol, who claimed to have identified the object:

On Wednesday, September 21, three members of Bristol Balloon Club, including myself, launched a balloon from the centre of Bristol at 12:15pm. It was 6ft, by 4ft 6in, by 2ft, and was painted partly red, green-blue and silver.

It headed towards Newport, turning over and flashing white, red and green-blue in bright sunshine. It landed at Glyn Neath (about six miles from where Margaret Davies lives) and was picked up by Mr. S. Diplock, who found my address in it and wrote to me. 

It was most certainly this balloon Margaret Davies saw.

Sunday Mirror 25/09/1966 Sunday Mirror 02/10/1966

Saturday October 8th, 19:30

F. W. Holiday writes: "I was again fishing, this time in Tenby Harbour. It was about 7.30 in the evening with the sea calm and the sky clear. Presently I became aware that several nearby fishermen were watching the sky directly overhead. Looking up, I saw what can only be described as a small, luminous blue-grey cloud. It was orbiting slowly in a circle equal to about three times its own diameter. Since it was opaque and blotted out the background stars this motion was plainly visible. It resembled a lump of shiny blue-grey cotton-wool.

Ten minutes went by in which interest diminished when, quite suddenly, there was a spectacle as vivid as it was unambiguous. Out of the south-west side of the cloud had emerged a dark object which beamed an intense ruby light down on us. At that point I remember feeling a slight shock following the realization that, whatever were the nature of the U.F.O.s, I was at that moment looking at one. Very slowly the red light object moved away towards the south-west. A moment or two later the blue-grey cloud began moving east. In a short time both objects were out of sight on their respective courses."

Source: 'The Dragon and the Disc' F. W. Holiday 1973 pages 108-109.

Holiday also wrote about this sighting for Flying Saucer Review V18/N4 (July-August 1972), in a piece exploring the ideas of premonition and foreshadowing in relation to the Aberfan disaster.       

Flying Saucer Review vol 18 no 4

Sunday 16th October
Preseli Mountains

F. W. Holiday writes: "I was driving up the A478 road near Foel Dyrch mountain [South of Crymych - E.W.] in the early evening when I noticed a moving light in the sky. I had now taken to carrying binoculars around. The object was moving north, nearly parallel to the road, and was about 500 feet above the floor of the valley to the right which brought it almost level with where I was standing. It was about half a mile away when I got it in focus and travelling on a level course at no more than 50-60 mph.

I had a very good look at it. It was large but not enormous - perhaps twenty or twenty-five feet long. It was a flattened oval in shape. As the night was clear and starry I was able to look all around it and make quite sure it was not, for example, a window in an aircraft. It was an oval object with a firm outline. No trail was visible nor anything to indicate how it was propelled. I saw no surface details. In colour it was yellow-gold and it had the appearance of being constructed from a glowing, translucent substance. The effect was both beautiful and majestic. I watched it travel through an arc of about 70 degrees before it passed out of sight over the hills to the north." He added that it was completely silent.

Source: 'The Dragon and the Disc' F. W. Holiday 1973 page 109.

?, late evening
Ynysforgan, Swansea

A young couple, Brian and his fiancée, Carol (18) (not real names), were in a car driven by Brian on a rough track on the east side of the Swansea Canal at Ynysforgan, and north of the Swansea District railway line which crosses the Swansea valley here on a viaduct. They had been out for the evening, and Brian was expected home at 395 Clydach Road, by his mother for 11 pm. It was near this time that they had arrived back in Ynysforgan. They then encountered a craft, and their memories of what follows become patchy.

Brian had driven off Clydach Road down a lane between two houses on the east side, over a small bridge which crossed the Swansea Canal and followed the lane a little way along the canal (now on their right) to where he had a garage in which he kept his car. The garage was one of several located here for people living nearby.

After getting to the garage he can remember seeing the craft up above the Swansea District railway line on the embankment and viaduct which crossed the canal a little way further south.

Carol remembers a huge round craft, with many lights hovering a few feet above the ground with an open door from which there descended a stairway, the steps of which had their own lighting. She described seeing a small being with large head standing in the open doorway. The being had skin the colour of putty, and it had large black eyes. The being had no clothing, and she remembers being told not to be afraid. She was told to climb the steps and enter the craft, which she then did. She remembers thinking as she climbed the steps that it was great that the steps were lit so she could see where she was stepping.

Inside the craft, which was all white, she can remember seeing a control panel, and saw a being - whether or not it was the same being as before she is uncertain. It was clothed this time, in a white coat. She lay on a metal table or bed, and she was struck by the fact that the metal did not feel cold. She had some kind of examination or operation, but remembers no details of this, nor of what followed until being back in the car with Brian. She cannot remember seeing Brian on board the craft.

Brian put the car away, which was his next memory after seeing the craft, and when they got to his house, his mother asked him why they were so late as he had to be up early for work the next day. Brian said, 'It's only 11 o'clock'. His mother corrected him by saying, 'No it's not, it's 12 o'clock.' They were missing an hour.

The site of the landing, and also Brian's house were later swept away in 1969 by the construction of the M4 motorway and its junction here. The house was demolished to make way for the west on-ramp of the motorway, and the site where the craft was seen by Carol is occupied by trees and bushes on the west side of the dual carriageway (A4067 Morriston By-Pass) on its approach to the M4 roundabout.

Source: SUFON Files: witnesses interviewed 2016.

Mynydd Hiraethog Moors, Clwyd, North Wales

Ernie, then 16 or 17 years old, was walking five miles home from his job in Ruthin, where he worked at R. Ellis & Sons. It was his habit to call in the off-licence of The Bridge Hotel in Bontuchel to collect a packet of five Woodbine cigarettes every evening before continuing on his homeward walk. He noted the time, it was 7.05 pm by the clock there. It took him about 10 minutes to reach the lonely stretch of road from The Bridge Hotel, Bontuchel, leading to Cyffylliog. The chance that you will pass another car or vehicle at any time of the year is pretty unlikely.  If you do, it is an event and generally one of your fellow villagers or some farmer you know.

Beyond a small bridge is a straight stretch through the valley which, as far back in time every Villager can remember, strange paranormal things have happened. Even though this mile stretch of road is fairly wide for North Wales rural areas, flat, straight and well maintained, vehicles have frequently gone off the road at this spot for no apparent reason. Engines cut out. Ernie’s own sister-in-law saw a figure crossing the road at it. A brother-in-law’s son Ron was in his small Mini on the same stretch of road one evening, when his lights cut out as a big figure on a horse passed him by; he was so afraid, he abandoned the car and raced all the way home to the village. The whole District knows about this and it is important to note, that because of this, what happened to Ernie and Gwylim was accepted by people. Nobody disbelieved them or made fun. 

When he got to the spot where there is a small tree the other side of the low hawthorn hedge before the bridge - he was startled to see a small George Adamski type craft come over the forested area into the valley.  As it approached it was swaying gently from side to side, like a falling leaf.  This thoroughly alarmed him and he ran into the centre of the road looking wildly about for some means of escape.  To his immense relief he saw and heard a wagon approaching down the road, he flagged it down and jumped in without looking to see who was driving.  When he did look, he realised it was an acquaintance Gwylim, whom he knew had a wife working in Denbigh Hospital as a nurse.  With his finger shaking he pointed out the craft that was approaching, and now positioned itself right over the bonnet of the vehicle. They both yelled in terror. The next thing that either were aware of, was that they were miles past Cyffylliog towards the crossroads of the A 525/A5104 where Stephen was later abducted off his motorcycle in 1979. It was pitch dark there being no road lights in that remote area. Gwylim turned around and they went back to Ernie’s hamlet y Gyffylliog where his Mother was anxiously waiting, he being home so late back from work. 

When I met Ernie in 1988 and he described all this I took a lot of notes, he told me he though he had arrived home about 1 am or so.  When we [author and Margaret Hainge-Lloyd] later audio taped him in 1990 he thought it may have been 9 pm. They probably did not look at the time; they had been through a traumatising experience and were tired and afraid.  With the passage of years such exact details have been forgotten.  The point is they had lost several hours they were not aware of at the time. In addition a month later Ernie had a red rash from head to toe which blistered, itched and was painful.  He went to his Doctor, this rash then came and went appearing in spring, disappeared in summer and maybe reappeared in autumn /winter. He was given a smoothing ointment and it went after a year. He was left with a brown mark on his side towards the back, which he did not have before, and for awhile after he felt he had a stone just under the skin of his lip. This eventually went.

I have known Ernie from the l980’s; various Welsh friends from the same area have known Ernie since school days. So for the first few years after the experience Ernie did not follow the pattern of most people who feel they are abductees, he was still living in the area amongst friends and acquaintances, he was accepted, particularly in view of the fact that others had paranormal experiences in the same spot. Although he knew he had lost some hours of times, this aspect of it hardly was considered. By the time I met Ernie in about 1987/88, he had reached the stage of feeling he wanted hypnotic regressions, because he had again had a close sighting of a UFO, which renewed his desire to know exactly what happened the first time.  Unlike most people it was just a burning curiosity, not fear, he had never had nightmares, this I felt was because in his community he and his experience was accepted.  In later years he got a job in a Hospital as an ambulance man, and here for the first time his attitude changed.  He lived in fear of his bosses finding out and did not want to discuss the incident at all, at the time unemployment in Wales was particularly high under the Conservative Government, so his fears were justified. ...

A couple of years ago Ernie was driving an ambulance when a portocabin came loose from its moorings on a vehicle in front of them and crashed down to the side of the ambulance.  Ernie was very badly injured and had to get early retirement from work.  Since being in retirement he has had time to reflect on what happened that night so many years ago, he has by conscious regression felt he was in fact taken into this small Adamski like craft.  He vaguely recalls the smell of burning rubber, seeing Beings similar to humans, of his height 5ft 11 inches, or a bit taller, and they had grey skins.  He thinks they give him the usual medical type of examination, and conversed with him telepathically.  Whether this is a jumble of what he may have read since or seen on television, and a mixture of what may have really happened to him, who is to say.  All I know is we have known him for years, he is a perfectly sincere person, who like the dozens and dozens of others I have met and tried to help over the years, who are trying to find some answers to their own frightening experience, with only support from a very few UFO researchers and none at all from the professions in authority or arm chair researchers. 

Source: Who Are They? by Margaret-Ellen Fry. [condensed account]

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