Close encounter in UFO alley
by Jenny Randles.
…I had no idea at the time that we
were in the midst of a major wave centering on Rossendale. We figured this
out only when we had enough data to see what was going on. In fact, a week
after the above incident, on August
14-15, 1980, there was another reservoir encounter at Helmshore (five
miles southwest). This certainly [was not] 1 a mirage. Two night fishermen saw
a circle of red lights reflected on Ogden Reservoir. Looking up to see what
was causing the effect, they were shocked to find nothing was there. But
looking back at the water, they
could see that something was beneath the water and rising to the surface.
fled in terror, leaving their expensive fishing gear to the mercy of any
passing thief and refusing to return until daylight. An independent witness
in nearby Haslingden saw a rotating ring of red lights crossing the sky
and flooding her bedroom with light that same night.”
This Reference: International UFO Reporter (IUR), Spring 2001, Vol. 26,
No. 1, pp. 3-8 &28-29 “Close encounter in UFO alley” by Jenny Randles.
Original: The Pennine UFO mystery’ by Jenny
Randles, Granada Books 1983.
Additional information forwarded to me via e-mail by Ms. Randles, in reply to
my question as to whether this was a valid report, she responded:
it ‘is’ a valid report. I went to the site and spoke with the witnesses
myself and a photo of the reservoir is in my book ‘The Pennine UFO mystery’
(Granada Books 1983). I have no doubt these witnesses reported what they saw.
The location was Ogden
Reservoir, Helmshore and the sighting began just after 9 pm. It was a
miserable night - raining hard (good fishing weather apparently). There were
about a dozen lights in the circle and it was about 10 yards off shore. They
looked up - saw nothing causing a reflection - looked back and watched the
circle for about 30 seconds. It did not move. There are no pylons or houses
to cause this effect. The area is fairly isolated. Then the ring just
disappeared. They shrugged - puzzled - and continued fishing but several
minutes later the lights appeared again - rising and pulsating. This apparent
attempt to move out of the water (which they never saw happen BTW) was too
much. That’s when they dropped their gear and fled back to the car - only
returning about 10 hours later to collect it in daylight.
The other witness - a woman of 75 - saw an identical circle (not pulsating)
but bright enough to illuminate her window and wake her up. She reported this
at about 2 am (over 4 hours after the men fled) but under a mile from where
they were located.
These witnesses were completely unrelated.
During neither sighting was there any sound.
At the time I did some checking and found a
number of similar cases on file - both involving fishermen and others seeing
the same circle of lights effect.
Two other witnesses at Stacksteads (between
Helmshore and Heald Moor in the Rossendale Valley) had a spectacular close up
view of the circle of lights and saw it attached to a large bell shape. This
landed in a quarry at 2 am on 24 February 1979. The witness had my number (I
was born in this small village - although I had not met this man before that
night). He called me as he was watching the UFO!
My thanks to Ms. Randles for permission to post this article and for a
follow up e-mail to clarify a typo by IUR 1, and additional
information not included in the necessarily brief treatment of the case in
the larger article.
UFOCAT PRN – NONE
- United Kingdom
Reservoir - Lies between Helmshore and Haslingden (See below)
Stacksteads Latitude 53-41 N, Longitude 2-13 W (D-M)
Moor as explained by Ms. Randles, is not a
town/village which is why it has no listing in our gazetteer. However it is
located 3 miles north-northwest of the town of Todmorden which has the
coordinates of: Latitude 53-43 N, Longitude 2-05 W
Helmshore Latitude 53-41 N, Longitude 2-20 W
Haslingden Latitude 53-42 N,
Longitude 2-20 W
Rossendale Latitude 53-43 N, Longitude 2-15 W [Forest
of]. The Rossendale
Valley is actually ¾ of
a mile south of the forest, between the towns of Rawtenstall and Bacup.
However in checking the coordinates of these two towns, the Lat. & Long.
work out to the same as given for the forrest, and
probably vary in only seconds of a degree.
United Kingdom gazetteer, Prepared in the Division of Geography, Department
of the Interior, Washington, D.C., April 1950.