Continued from Part 3
There seems to have been a lull in Close Encounters in the early to mid 1960s across Britain. Maybe that new fangled invention TV had become cheap
enough to keep people from gazing at the skies at night?
Others think that a Ministry of Defence enforced press silence had been put in place along with a policy of ridicule and that this had led to people
being reluctant to report sightings officially. There certainly seems to have been a reduction in released reports from the military (something close
to zero) during the era.
The graph of reported UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena) tells it all.
But there were still some interesting stories being told. Here are just a few of them. Others may want to add any interesting omissions?
Wood Green, London UFOs 1966
Peering out of his window at 2am on August 15th 1966, Keith Palmer delayed his visit to the bathroom as he noticed an object in the sky approaching
his home in Wood Green, North London. He woke his wife just as the disc shaped object stopped and hovered over an old tree about 150 yards from his
home. Unable to discern any markings due to the bright light emitted by the object it suddenly shot out two smaller discs. The discs aligned
themselves on either side of the object and shone two conical shaped beams of pure white light down onto the ground below.
Palmer leaned out of the window for a clear view. The lights went out and the smaller discs returned to the larger object. Both Palmer and his wife
then heard a humming noise and became very concerned as the disc moved towards their house. It was now apparent that the object was not a disc but
more pear shaped with revolving lights on the underside. The object went out of sight as it passed over their home.
Next morning Keith Palmer awoke with sunburn like rash on his face whilst his wife and son complained of a sore neck and headaches. It was also
discovered that an elderberry bush had died close to the tree where the object hovered and that depressions were found in the ground and some of grass
flattened in the vicinity.
Although the evidence is circumstantial in this case we have another re-occurring feature of the UFO phenomenon causing a rash or burning of the skin
on the witness.
The Warminster ‘Thing’
There are, a number of strange reports from the English town of Warminster dating back to the start of the 1960s and the “Warminster Thing” as it
became known. But it is generally accepted to have started early on Christmas morning in 1964 when a loud high-pitched menacing sound was heard by
Marjory Bye on her way to church. The sound was so intense that she could feel it pounding in her head, neck and shoulders. Reports of these sonic
disturbances came in from all over Warminster. Witnesses talked of “the thing” .No one had seen the source of the sounds. Some were even been
knocked to the ground from the noise.
By June 1965 flying saucers were seen, cigar-shaped objects, fireballs, huge mother ships and scout ships. Over the 1965 August Bank Holiday a public
meeting was held to allay the fears of the populace of Warminster.
Local journalist Arthur Shuttlewood assumed these sightings were of Unidentified
Flying Objects (UFOs). Arthur eventually became a hardcore believer, expressing passionate views on the alien manifestations of Warminster and coining
the phrase “The Thing”. He later authored a book in 1967, “The Warminster Mystery”, on the experience and was instrumental in making the
phenomenon national news.
Gordon Faulkner took the famous photo of a Warminster UFO used on the cover of Shuttleworth’s book. He sent it to Shuttleworth, who had the Daily
Mirror reproduce it, on Sept 10th 1965 along with an accompanying report. The “Warminster Thing” became national news.
Interest grew from afar and BBC even produced a TV documentary “Pie in the Sky” shown in 1966 covering the story.
Arthur Shuttleworth meanwhile claimed he had been receiving phone calls from alien occupants of the craft in his book. Although he did admit these
calls could have easily been faked he later went on to claim that an Aryan looking human being visited him and revealed the calls were real. Sightings
continued on a regular basis finally fading to almost nothing by 1977.
With the army based on nearby Salisbury Plain, Warminster is a well known military town. This gave rise to a theory that the noise and the sighting
could have been caused by military experiments. But believers disagreed ing that the military were one of the reasons Warminster had been chosen for
visitations. Whatever the reason for the coming of The Thing, it certainly put Warminster on the map and remains a major piece of British UFO lore.
Montford Bridge UFO Incident on the A5 – 1966
According to author Nick Redfern a declassified report made by Corporal Rickwood
of the RAF’s Provost and Security Services provides an intriguing story from the mid 1960s .
Twenty two year old Diane Foulkes, had been driving home to Shrewsbury along the A5 road around midnight on 8th November 1966. She noticed a bright
circular, object in the sky emitting beams of light from the sky towards her vehicle as she got close to the River Severn.
Corporal R.A. Rickwood of the RAF's Provost and Security Services wrote in his report:
"...she could see rays of light shooting from the object which appeared to keep station with her car until she arrived home. At one time during the
journey the object travelled near her and the rays seemed to come towards the right hand side of her car. She felt a bump against that side as if they
had struck it." "At this moment she felt as if she had received an electric shock and had felt a severe pain in her neck. The left-hand side headlight
of the car also went out. This made her extremely frightened. When she got home she felt very ill and had complained to her parents…… "There is
no evidence to associate the incidents complained of with the Royal Air Force and the complainant Miss Foulkes is now satisfied that the incidents are
unexplainable and in no way connected with the Armed Forces."
Interestingly, the UFO seems to have drained the power from the headlights of Diane Foulkes’ car. Another common theme in UFO reports around the
world. It also highly significant that the RAF sent an investigator out and points to how seriously the topic was taken in private whilst a curtain of
ridicule was promoted publicly.
The most glaring statement is that the Foulkes was convinced that the incident was unexplainable and not connected with the military. As long as the
MoD could avoid responsibility then it seems they did not care for the safety and protection of their citizens!
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