Welsh UFO sightings from 1879. For sightings from other years please click HERE.
The Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald of 11th January told readers that ghostly cries 'like those of a child in distress' were being reported in the area. The North Wales Journal (17/01/79) confirmed the story, stating that the path was now deserted in the evenings, but said that sceptics were inclined to say the cries were the sound of porpoises.
I've also been collecting tales of 'corporeal' ghosts and other supernatural tales that could represent UFO activity. This one was never much of a candidate but it's such a good story it deserves recording anyway! Apparently a local friendly society's rules refused to pay out on suicides - but one ex-member was determined his widow should get the money...
The story seems to have originated in the Western Mail (08/04/79) before being picked up by English papers and then, via the Birmingham Gazette, making it back to Wales in publications like the Llangollen Advertiser (18/04/79) and the Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald (19/04/79).
Meanwhile, a fellow member of the friendly society in question wrote to the Western Mail (16/04/79) to complain that the story was untrue and completely without foundation. Sadly it was too late - almost every newspaper in Wales carried the tale at some point that April.
The village of Tonyrefail had been haunted by a 'ghost' lobbing stones. It turned out to be Elizabeth Jones who was duly fined for the offence at Pontypridd Police Court.