Over the River
Trent, West Bridgford, Beeston, Grantham...
Silver saucers, men in black, mother ships, flashing lights...
Sightings from across Nottinghamshire...
Mavis in Arnold
Ive seen a couple of UFOs. I saw one in Ingoldmells in the late
1960s. We went to a little caravan site when my children were small.
Wed just left the social club to go back to the caravan. I looked
up and there in the sky was this flying saucer thing.
It moved as though it was watching us. I felt as though we were being
watched. It wasnt very big. It wasnt very high either,
I could see the underneath of it. I even drew it, Ive still
got the drawing all these years later.
It had a band round the middle of it that moved very slowly. As we
ran along the caravan to watch it, it moved very slowly along with
us, then it just vanished.
Ive no idea where it went - there wasnt a hole in the
ground or anything
The second one was in Arnold, lots of people saw it, there was about
50 sightings of that one.
I wrote it all down at the time. Wed been babysitting, it
was late at night, about 11 o clock.
We looked up and it was like two big car headlights in the sky.
It was moving very slowly. It took about 10 minutes to get down
the avenue and its only a small avenue.
I think it was just passing by and observing. Later, it passed over
Basford, Hucknall and ended up in Ilkeston.
I can only say its got to be from outer space.
was about 11 years ago. We were coming back from the city, by the
Forest. It was quite dark and there was this bright light in the
It was strange the way it caught our attention. Then it moved very
suddenly to the side, too fast to be anything thats natural
or airborne - it moved several miles in a split second.
Then it was stationery for a while - we stopped and had a look,.
It went off at a 30 degree angles and sped off. It must have travelled
20 miles in the sky in that time. Then it disappeared.
Ive been used to flying for 30 odd years, theres nothing
on earth that could travel that fast in that space of time.
It went in different directions, theres no question what it
Im a firm believer in UFOS. When you consider the size of
the universe, why should we be the only asteroid blessed with life?
Theres got to be something out there.
Ruth in Stapleford
was about 1978/9 in Stapleford. It was about 7.30pm and I went out
to get the washing in. I thought the moons bright tonight
as I was lifting the clothes off the line and when I looked up there
it was, it had lights all over it.
I went in to fetch my 9 year old twins and came out again. It was
still there, hovering. All three of us were looking up at it, then
it shot off and Ive never seen anything move so fast in all
We ran through the house and it was going off over the school nearby.
We never mentioned it to anyone else because they would think there
was something wrong with us.
We still talk about it though whenever we get together.
Peter (my son) says there was a low humming sound, I didnt
In the Evening Post the night after there was a report of a courting
couple in a field who saw it land in a field in Arnold and it made
headlines in the Evening Post. Ive never forgotten it.
34 year ago now. I was pregnant with my son and we lived in Grantham
and every Friday evening my husband used to go out with a friend
and I used to go to his wifes house.
It happened every Friday evening for about six weeks. We saw an
awful lot of activity over her house in Grantham. It was summer.
It was very warm.
We did actually report it because wed seen aeroplanes going
up and chasing after these things and obviously losing them.
What did they look like?
There was a real assortment. It was almost like a display. And as
I say, every week. But we actually saw what you call a mother ship
opening up and little ships coming out. It was unbelievable. And
they were coming low over us.
At first we were petrified but when it kept happening week after
week we werent any more. We were almost willing them to come.
Why did they come on Fridays?
I have no idea. Maybe they did come other evenings but it just happened
to be when were outside.
When youre staying at your friends house were you on the
bottle a bit?
No. I honestly wasnt. I was seven months pregnant at the time.
One evening my friend actually rang one of the local airforce bases.
We were trying to see what they knew because they were obviously
chasing these things. They denied all knowledge.
Then a short while afterwards she had a visit by two gentlemen.
One very, very strange man who didnt speak at all and the
other one that spoke very aggressively.
They told her that she hadnt seen anything and was never to
repeat that she had seen anything to anyone else.
Who were these people?
We dont know.
Well, honestly, men in black springs to mind. That was the way it
was. It was very very strange.
Did you take any photos?
No. But my friend kept a diary and wrote everything down but Ive
lost touch with her.
What do you think it was?
What we thought it was back then. We werent dreaming. I am
quite sane, honest.
Having listened to BBC Radio Nottingham on Tuesday I went searching
for new clippings on 1987 which my husband and myself witnessed.
It was 5.15pm on Wednesday December 9th 1987. On my way home for
work in Hucknall my husband Terry met me on Kingsway Road off Watnall
As we were nearing, I looked up as I heard a drone and it was a
Lots of windows and lights going not too fast and not too high as
it seemed to fill a big area. It just passed over. We couldnt
believed what we saw. I was pleased to see it in the Evening Post
the next day.
Mystery of City UFO Sightings
police and airport officials have admitted they are stumped
by reports of a close encounter with a mysterious flying object
over Nottingham loast night.
from Broxtowe, West Bridgford and Sherwood areas reported
sightings of strange lights in the sky on an object the size
of a football pitch, travelling very slowly and accompanied
by a deep hum. But inquiries revealed there were no aircraft
in the area at the time.
"I just dont know what it was," a police spokesman
said. "We checked with the Civil Aviation Authority,
East Midlands Airport and RAF bases but no one was able to
help." But police have had no reports of anyone being
beamed aboard the mystery craft.
The incident occurred in 1950. I was working with a Nottingham firm
doing contract work for the BBC.
While working at 600ft up with a TV Mast on a very clear day I observed
a UFO in the direction of Huddersfield. The UFO was saucer shaped
and silver in colour.
This object was observed for approximately two hours by at least
twenty people most of the staff of the BBC station including the
After about two hours it acclerated upwards at very fast rate and
vanished. I was told that the incident was reported to authority
The second incident is seeing a very large silver and orange disc.
This was in 1954.
I was walking down an unlit country lane. The disc was stationary
and low in the sky towards Hardwick Hall. I only saw it for about
five minutes. Then it just vanished. On this occasion I was on my
The third time I saw something unusual was in 1989. I was walking
home from and afternoon at work. It was about 11pm in December and
it was a cold frosty clear night.
I was drawn to look upwards to a noise like a loud buzzing bee.
Looking towards Long Eaton.
I saw a triangular shaped object. It was about 60ft long on each
side and along the underside of each edge there was alternating
read and blue lights. The whole thing was slowly rotating in a clockwise
After approximately ten minutes the lights started to go out and
the object vanished.
My last sighting was in 1997. At about 11.30am in February.
I saw a pulsating orange ball over the River Trent. The ball appeared
to be stationary. After less than a minute it moved away at a tremendous
rate and vanished.
IB Edgson, Mansfield Woodhouse
I wish to record an incident that happened to me at Skegby,
Notts some 25 years ago, so scary that I still remember it vividly.
We had gone to baby-sit for our daughter and son-in-law whilst they
had an evening out. After putting my two grand-daughters to bed
around 9pm I left my husband in charge whilst I took their dog for
They lived in Wheatfield Way at Skegby and I walked the dog onto
Buttery Lane when I was stopped in my tracks by a sudden uneasy
I became aware of an object hovering above me, similar in shape
to the old Hoover Constellation vacuum cleaner.
There was a very low humming sound, and small red and yellow lights
flashing around the top. It was a very clear night, but unfortunately
there was no one else around.
I felt very uneasy, as if I was being watched, and the dog, a usually
boisterous Beagle, sat quietly at my feet.
I watched nervously for several minutes. Then the object slowly
moved away in the direction of Kings Mill Hospital towards Mansfield.
It was an experience I will never forget, and remains vividly in
my mind. The area is very open, very light traffic and at night