Join Date: Jun 2011
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Hello to everyone, from a noobie to your forum. I was born in 1958, and have lived in Ramsgate in east Kent UK all of my life. Despite what I am about to tell you, I would describe myself as a sceptic. I do have a keen interest in all things UFO, and regularly watch the variety of documentaries on offer on Sky tv, in fact it was watching one of these about the Dragon's Triangle in Asia, that inspired me to contact your forum administrator, and ultimately register as a member. I have always had a very keen interest in astronomy, and would describe myself as a star gazer, and I admit to expecting to see something wonderful and yet, unexplainable, in the night sky sooner or later. To date, my best sighting was not a UFO, sadly, but I witnessed what was later explained as space debris re-entering the atmosphere about 25 years ago. It was a huge firey ball with a flaming tale that passed overhead towards Holland, and disappeared over the horizon, or into the sea....I couldn't tell which, however, I had a grandstand view on a frosty night, as I was on a cliif top at North Foreland near Broadstairs.
Right, the reason for this post.....I am hoping that a forum member will have some more information about a sighting I had back in the seventies. Yes, it's a long time ago, but I was not the only witness, and from memory, a police officer's account ended up in our local paper.
Unfortunately, I cannot be precise about when this occurred now, but I am guessing at 78....that said, 77 or 79 are possibles. I remember it was an overcast evening in Ramsgate, with the lights of the town creating an almost orange tint to the sky. I had climbed the steps to the back door of my flat and happened to notice a couple of lights in the sky to the east. These took my interest, and as I watched, more and more appeared in the same area, maybe as many as 15. They were slow moving, some seemed to be visiting others, and then going away again, but all moving slowly around kind of randomly. The brightness of all of them was consistent, and although not terribly bright, they were clearly visible in the overcast sky. I would describe them as a yellowy white, and similar to an average star in size. Needless to say, I was totally intrigued, and watched as they moved back and forth, staying in the same area of the sky for maybe 20 minutes. Eventually, they faded, and I went indoors. There was no internet back then, so I did nothing about my sighting, but I am sure a story appeared in our local paper shortly after. I think the story had come from a police officer who had seen strange lights over the sea off Margate, which is around 5 miles away from where I lived. In hindsight, this was a great UFO sighting, which could not be explained easily, and I would love to find out more about it if possible. I'm wondering if it is documented somewhere, or any other forum members have any knowledge of the event.
Thanks for reading........Paul.