Stifford Clays, Grays, Essex, England
UFOINFO Online Sighting Report
Location: Stifford Clays, Grays, Essex
Date: Between 1974 and 1978
Time: Between 19.30 and 22.30
Number of witnesses: 5
Number of objects: 1
Shape of objects: Circular/triangular
Could your sighting be a UFO balloon/lantern?: No
Weather Conditions: Dry, no wind, clear sky
Description: This report is from memory but the sighting has stayed with me and those that saw it for over 30 years.
It was an evening during the week and I let the dog out of the back door to go to the loo as I or my parents did every night. Our house backed on to a school playing field and beyond that were farm fields pretty much all the way to Brentwood. No A13 or houses in sight at that time.
I noticed three bright lights close together and in a horizontal straight line hovering in the sky. They appeared to be hovering over William Edwards school buildings which were about 1/4 mile away to the north west, only about 100 feet above the ground. After about 3 or 4 minutes watching this phenomena to see if they moved or disappeared I rushed indoors to tell my parents who also came out to witness the unusual lights.
They were as intrigued as I was and told me to jump over the fence to alert the neighbours which I did. I can't remember if both neighbours came out but at least 5 people witnessed the event. After about 10 minutes everyone went in doors apart from me. I continued to watch the lights for a total of about 20 minutes when all of a sudden the lights/object shot south eastwards across the sky at terrific speed and with no sound whatsoever.
I lost sight of it as it passed over the roof of the house but I would compare the speed with that of a shooting star/meteorite, from its static position.
I have never forgotten the sighting and it changed my perception of the existence of UFO's forever. I believe I reported the sighting at the time to Essex Police and/or the Thurrock Gazette.