Published by The Leicestershire UFO Research Society (Est. 1971)
Edited by Graham Hall & Jeff Lord
Sighting Report Data - Investigation Report
CASE/COMPUTER REF: 77/78/113-115.
THE OCTOBER LIGHTSHOW
October 1st., 1978. 22:00 Hours. Hinckley, Barwell, Nuneaton. Leicestershire/Warwickshire.Geo.B1.
A number of Hinckley, Barwell, Burbage and Nuneaton sightings of a lighted object were reported to LUFOIN, Hinckley, regarding the above date. They apparently refer to a silent, single, brightly lit aerial craft, flying at around 1,500 feet, on a straight trajectory. Some of the more interesting reports are outlined below. No explanation was ever found for the sightings, which seemed to contain certain similarities to the more wider events ofOctober 23rd.
20:30 - Nuneaton, Warwickshire, UK - A nocturnal yellow globular light. (IN-NL). (Harrison).
22:00 - Burbage, Leicestershire, UK - A slow moving, very bright white light was observed by a married couple. Witness (A) stated:“We were laying in bed when we both observed a very bright light in the sky. At first, we thought that it could be a plane or a glider as it was moving very slowly. It was coming straight towards us from the direction of Wolvey, approximately south-west. There was no noise associated with the light and it was rather low in the sky. The light must have been visible for about 20 minutes, during which time we phoned a friend in Salem Road and asked him to take a look. He looked but said that he could not see anything.” (IN-NL). (Patrick).
22:00 - Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK - A silent, nocturnal yellow globular light at rooftop height was observed by male witness. Witness stated: I was walking along Hollycroft Crescent, Hinckley, when on glancing up I noticed a bright yellow/white light in the sky to my left. My first thought was that it was the landing light of an aircraft, however, I dismissed this explanation because of its low height and the lack of any sound whatsoever. I had the impression at first that the light was further away than it looked, but on turning left into Lismore Drive, (by this time the light had passed over Lismore and was over the rooftops to my right heading West) - I saw that it was very close indeed, in fact, my estimation would be 150 feet away to my left when first seen, and about the same in height. As I was walking along the crescent, when the light was parallel with myself, it was travelling a little faster than my own walking pace.” (IN-NL). (Jones).
22:15 Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK - A large, brightly lit cigar-shaped object low in the sky was observed by several independent witnesses. Object totally silent. Witness (A) of 2 stated:“On Sunday, October 1st., 1978, I was with a friend taking a break outside Bennett Brothers, Southfield Road, It was approximately 10.15 p.m. We noticed in the sky to our left, (N.E.), a bright white light. It appeared to consist of two white lights close together. We watched it pass by in front of us from left to right. During the observation, which lasted for a few minutes, we noticed that there was no noise associated with the object. We finally saw the light disappear on the horizon, travelling towards Nuneaton - (S.W.).”
Witness (B) stated:“My workmate and I were standing at the gate of our factory having a break, at between 10.30 p.m. and 11.30 p.m., when we observed two large lights travelling towards us, from over Burbage. And flying towards Nuneaton. We thought it strange as there were no aircraft navigation lights on the object, and also there seemed to be smaller pinpoint lights above it, which could have been lights from inside. It was travelling at about the speed of an old type piston biplane, e.g. a Tiger Moth , rather slowly. There was no noise at all, and no shape to be observed against the night sky.”
ABOVE: The Southfield Road flying object. (As drawn by witness B.)
22:15 - Clarendon Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK - “My Husband and I arrived home after visiting my parents - we parked the car outside the house. As we opened the front gate, I looked at the sky and commented on how clear it was. As we observed the stars, I noticed an object moving steadily across the night sky - it seemed very high and made no sound - it looked like two lights very close together or two small stars close together - there was no particular shape or outline to the object. It travelled in a straight line in a north-westerly direction, and continued out of my sight over the rooftops.”
22:15 - Nuneaton, Warwickshire, UK - An amateur astronomer and his Wife witnessed a strange, moving light in the south, south-east sky. first thought to the bright yellow light was the planet Jupiter. Witness (A) stated: “Jupiter should be up around now, and that is what I thought it was at first, - but it suddenly veered off, too fast to follow with a telescope it was in the wrong place to be Jupiter, or one of its moons. the light began to look more like a boomerang shape, and then sped off to the west - I contacted Birmingham Airport air traffic control who said that there were no scheduled aircraft over the area at that time.”(Hill).
22:15 - Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK - “On Sunday, October 1st., whilst walking in Richmond Park, Hinckley, I saw what appeared to be, firstly, two extremely bright lights approaching from the south-east. Before reaching the spot where I was standing, the lights seemed to merge into one wide narrow band of light. The ‘craft’ then started to change direction, going towards W.N.W. From this point, the narrow band of light it disappeared from my view, and, as it moved away from me I could see a few points of light until they disappeared altogether in the distance. At no time did I see any beam being given off from any of these lights. I would like to point out that the colour and brilliance of the two sets of lights differed greatly. The wide narrow one I saw first was of an extremely brilliant white intensity . The small pinpoints that came into view as it receded, were of the more ordinary yellow colouration. At no time whatsoever, did I hear any noise being emitted. As a jet plane, presumably on course for Castle Donnington, passed overhead almost immediately after my sighting, I would ascertain that the unknown ‘craft’ was flying at a lower height.” (Hopewell).
BELOW: The Richmond Park‘craft’. (As drawn by witness).
BELOW: Associated Press Items.
Nuneaton Evening Tribune, October 2nd., 1978 - Light Puzzle…
A Nuneaton astronomer was last night puzzled over a strange, moving light in the south, south-east sky. Mr. Ronald Hill, first thought that the bright yellow light was the planet Jupiter - which is due to appear in the night sky around this time of year. But as he and his Wife Brenda watched, the light began to look more like a boomerang shape, and then sped off to the west.“Jupiter should be up around now, and that is what I thought it was at first, said Mr. Hill - but it suddenly veered off, too fast to follow with a telescope”. Mr. Hill said it was in the wrong place to be Jupiter, or one of its moons. Other people have reported seeing the light at around the same time - 10.15 - last night. Birmingham Airport air traffic control say that there were no scheduled aircraft in the Nuneaton area at that time. (77/78/220). (10).
Nuneaton Evening Tribune, October 3rd., 1978 - Camp Hill Man Reports Sighting…
Following a report of a suspected UFO sighted over Nuneaton, a further observation was reported from the Camp Hill area on the same night - The sighting, which took place over almost five minutes, was in Queen Elizabeth Road, in the early hours of Monday morning. A 19 year-old un-employed resident said he was sleeping badly, and was surprised at 5.30 a.m. by a flashing light on the curtains. He went to investigate and said the light was visible in the skies above. It was green and appeared to be half-moon shaped.“I must admit I was frightened a little and soon got back in bed” added the young man. Another sighting was made by a man in Church Walk, Mancetter, when he saw a “half-moon shaped” light which disappeared in the direction of Tamworth on the same night. (10).
BELOW: Same Date Global Reports, UFODNA Data, October 1, 1978.14:15 - Cabramatta, New South Wales, Australia. Around 2200 - Silver Lake, Michigan, USA. Around 2200 - Ludington, Michigan, USA.
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