investigator Tony James tells
us about Nottingham's biggest ever UFO case.
Are other beings visiting our
planet, and specifically Nottingham?
Following a UFO sighting,
EMUFORA found a whole host of witnesses from all over Nottingham.
Mr and Mrs
Sargent had just returned home after visiting relatives at about 23:45, when Jack
first noticed the objects.
Jack grabbed a pair of binoculars while Mavis phoned her son only half a mile
away, who was also watching the same strange objects with a group of people on
Jack had his binoculars by this time and was watching
with great interest. He told us that the objects were “shaped like a Vulcan bomber
and about 400 feet long”.
also stated that the objects were “definitely NOT joined together as I could clearly
see the sky between the two, although they were flying very close to each other,
they kept the same distance apart”.
gave out a low humming noise, nothing like an aeroplane, the smaller-faster object
also noticed that a smaller but faster object flew behind the two large ones and
none of these were conventional aircraft.
“They gave out a low humming
noise, nothing like an aeroplane, the smaller faster object was silent” Jack said.
This turned out to be a typical report.
Calverton, East of Nottinghamshire, was where the UFO’s were first sighted. At
23:40 Mrs Sylvester of Calverton Village had let her dogs out before going to
bed. As she waited for her dogs, a distant aircraft caught her attention.
also became aware of four big orange/white spotlights in the shape of a cross.
The lights were so bright; she couldn’t make out the shape of the object that
they were on. “The object(s) must have been very big and about 1000 feet up”,
"The object(s) must have been very big and about 1000 feet up."|
shouted to her husband, who had just gone to bed, to look out of the window, which
They both watched in amazement as the lights flew towards them,
even the dogs were looking up and barking at the objects.
As the objects
passed overhead, they heard a deep humming noise that came from the objects, although
it was very faint.
Mrs Sylvester ran to get the binoculars for a closer
look, by the time she returned to the garden, they were in the distance and moving
away slowly. Her sighting had lasted about four minutes and the UFO’s had come
from the East and heading West.
At 23:40 Mrs Margaret Challoner of Rise Park, went out into
the garden to call the cat in.
"Looking up into the sky, I saw two large clusters of lights slowly and
steadily coming across the sky from the North East."|
up into the sky, I saw two large clusters of lights slowly and steadily coming
across the sky from the N.E. I want to fetch my husband to look at them.
looked at them through binoculars. They slowly, without deviating in any way and
keeping the same distance apart, crossed the sky towards Wollaton.
was no engine noise except from a low moaning-droning sound. There were no navigation
lights or flashing lights as there are on a plane”.
Mrs Wooley was out with her dog at around 23:20 when she noticed two very bright
lights side by side, they appeared stationary and rather low. “I must stress that
they were very bright and perfectly level with each other and at least four times
larger than a bright star.
I stared at them for two or three minutes
as I was trying to figure out what they were. As I watched, they suddenly moved
and literally turned into two triangular shapes with small bright lights all around
them, I remember seeing small green lights among them.
I watched, they suddenly moved and literally turned into two triangular shapes
with small bright lights all around them, I remember seeing small green lights
among them." |
started to move away quite fast but they kept the same distance apart, there was
also a low throbbing sound, which I believe was from the objects.
Ten minutes after Mrs Wooley had her second sighting, Barbara Cuthbert, also of
Highbury Vale was letting the dog out of the back door when; “I saw two lights
coming towards me over the top of the trees at the bottom of our garden.
Wooley also had a brief sighting the night before at about 23:20, Mrs Wooley was
again walking her dog when she noticed a very bright light ahead of her in the
sky. It was quite low and stationary and she watched it for a couple of minutes.
It then seemed to become two lights, one above the other, joined up. I walked
towards it across the field and it just sat there low in the sky. After a short
while, I turned and headed back. A few seconds later I looked back and it had
My first thought was that it was a light aircraft with a light on each wing
tip. As I watched, I thought ‘if it comes any lower, it’s going to crash’. I shouted
my husband, but as he was coming to the back door, the lights went smaller.
I moved from the back of the house to the front gate, but by the time I had
walked the 50 feet or so, it had veered off to the right and was much higher in
The lights had also changed; they looked like two groups of
three lights moving in unison across the sky. There was no sound and I couldn’t
make out any shape, as it was too dark. There were no flashing red or green lights.
At about 23:45 over Beeston Rylands, Mr David King observed
what at first appeared to be two very bright stars. They seemed to be moving towards
us in a westerly direction keeping a constant distance apart.
objects were moving slowly, about the speed of an airship, were quite low and
keeping a constant distance apart."|
they got nearer and eventually passed over our house, they appeared as two very
bright white lights, together with several smaller multi-coloured lights.
Including green, red, yellow etc; and through binoculars, seemed to be in
the shape of two crosses with the coloured lights along each axis.
lights did no wink or flash as they would if on a conventional aircraft. The objects
were moving slowly, about the speed of an airship, were quite low and keeping
a constant distance apart. I didn’t get any impression of shape, but my wife said
that it was shaped like a Concorde.
There was no obvious sound as it
approached, but as it passed over and into the distance, a soft ‘jet like’ sound
Moving to the front of the house so we could see its departure,
it seemed to disappear as if into cloud, although the sky was clear that night.
Elaine Buck of Gedling got out of bed to close her bedroom window at approximately
23:40 and saw two round lights moving from left to right across the sky. At first,
I thought they were planes but then I realised they were heading for towards me.
I also realised that two planes would not fly so close together.
realised that they were travelling relatively slow, so I rushed downstairs so
I could see them from the patio. I said to my husband, “Just get outside and look
at these, see what you think”.
"As the objects came over, we could just make out the shape. I would describe
them as like a Vulcan bomber shape but the back end was so brightly lit up; it
was almost a hazy outline." |
We stood outside
looking up, and at this point, they were almost overhead and we couldn’t make
out what these lights were. As the objects came over, we could just make out the
shape. I would describe them as like a Vulcan bomber shape but the back end was
so brightly lit up; it was almost a hazy outline.
of the objects was just off the tail of the other and there seemed to be a hazy
light all around them. They were too low to be planes and they were travelling
very slowly for the height they were at.
Also, there was no noise from
them until they were overhead and it didn’t sound like an engine, just a dull
hum. Elaine’s husband described them as ‘Concord in shape and massive’.
Several witnesses in West Bridgeford also reported the
Vulcan bomber and Concord shaped objects. Two of these reports from this area
also mentioned a much smaller object; a silver sphere was also racing across the
sky in the vicinity of the two large craft, and always behind, like it was protecting
or watching the larger ones back’s. This sphere made no noise, unlike the described
sound from the two larger craft.
After countless witness reports, Tony and EMUFORA tried
to conclude the case, just what was it? [Read