Whether you’ve seen an unidentified flying object or not is usually directly linked to how many planes you’re able to recognise (and also if you’re liable to forget to put your contact lenses in).
Most folk will live out their entire lives never once gazing upon any inexplicable aerial phenomena. It’s a sad fact of life that the closest many of us will get to a flying saucer will probably come shortly after criticising our other half’s tea-making skills.
Just because UFO sightings are rare, however, that doesn’t mean they don’t go on. In fact, hundreds of incidents are reported to the UK government every year. Many, no doubt, turn out to nothing more than £12.99 RyanAir flights to Fuerteventura. But occasionally there’s something to the reports...
Here are some of the most interesting and maybe even convincing UFO sightings from modern British history:
The ‘Dudley Dorito’, West Midlands (2013-2016)
So called for its shape, not its taste, the ‘Dudley Dorito’ is a triangular craft that’s had multiple sightings reported across the Midlands in the past decade.
Teacher Darren Edwards is one of many people to have spotted the Dorito in the skies above Shropshire. 'It was moving towards me and made no sound,' he claims. 'I quickly checked on Google, it didn’t match any military aircraft or UAV drones. It was so slow it almost hung in the sky. It also seemed to change its shape slightly as it turned.'
Its unusual form has led some ufologists to suggest that rather than be extraterrestrial in origin, the Dorito could be some form of military hardware being tested out by UK or US air forces. They’re basically saying, ‘aliens - it’s nacho craft.’
The Berwyn Mountain incident, Merionethshire, Wales (January 23rd 1974)
The Ministry of Defence have since given their explanation for why several residents of the Welsh village of Llandrillo simultaneously heard a loud noise in the sky and saw a bright light that many considered to be from some form of aircraft. The MoD, rather unsurprisingly, does not claim it to be caused by tourist aliens keen to enjoy the views of the picturesque Berwyn mountain range.
The official explanation for what was rather teasingly referred to as ‘The Roswelsh Incident’ by some tabloid wags was written off as natural phenomena. The odd thing, though? The noise was, apparently, due to a 3.5 magnitude earthquake and the light was due to meteoric activity. At exactly the same time. What are the chances, eh?!
Kim’s Wild Encounter, Hertfordshire (June 26th 2009)
Kim Wilde may have sung about the Kids in America, but in June 2009 - the day after Michael Jackson died - the former pop star was far more interested in the UFOs in Hertfordshire.
'I looked up in the sky and saw this huge bright light behind a cloud,' she’s said in an interview since. 'Brighter than the moon, but similar to the light from the moon. I said to my husband and my friend, 'that's really odd,' so we walked down the grass and looked to see if there was any source.'
'All of a sudden it moved, very quickly, from about 11.00 to 1.00. Then it just did that, back and forth, for several minutes. Whenever it moved, something shifted in the air - but it was silent. Absolutely silent.'
The Robert Taylor incident, West Lothian, Scotland (November 9th 1979)
Robert 'Bob' Taylor said that in late 1979 he saw 'a flying dome made out of a dark metallic material with a rough texture like sandpaper' - approximately 6 metres in diameter - hovering above the forest floor in a clearing in Dechmont Woods, Livingston. Taylor also claims that smaller spheres 'similar to sea mines' then seized him and took him abroad the larger object before he passed out.
Ufologist and writer Malcolm Robinson says it could be ‘one of the few genuine cases of an actual UFO encounter.'
Various sceptics say Robert's supposed memories could, in fact, be hallucinations brought about by temporal lobe epilepsy caused by Taylor's previous meningitis or a stroke.
Nobody knows for sure.
Keep watching the skies! When you’re not watching Blaze, that is.