August 1981 – Clyro – Lit Disc UFO Sighting

Birmingham UFO Group Report

Author: Dave Hodrien

Release Date: 22/09/2015


In September 2015 my wife’s uncle Graham came to visit for the weekend. During this time he informed me of an extended UFO sighting he and others experienced while on holiday in Clyro near Hay-On-Wye in the summer of 1981.


Sighting Details


In August 1981 Graham (who was 13 at the time) went on holiday with his parents, Aunt Lynn, and Lynn’s friend Claire. They were staying on Princes caravan site (Now known as Borders Hideaway), West of Clyro.


Aerial map of the campsite today showing the position Graham's caravan was situated:



Modern photograph of the campsite entrance:



It was about 8pm in the evening. The sun was beginning to set, and it was pleasant still weather with very little cloud. Looking out of the window of the caravan Graham noticed an unusual light in the sky to the North West over the Radner montains. It appeared to be about 2-3 miles away and at a height of around 2000 feet.


The light was flashing red, yellow and green in a regular pattern. It would stay lit for several seconds, then switch off for several seconds before coming back on in a different colour. It’s movement pattern seemed far too erratic for an aircraft or helicopter. It was drifting backwards and forwards across the sky, regularly changing course in slow gradual turns at about 35-50 mph.

After a couple of minutes of watching the light, Graham called everyone else to watch it. Upon seeing the light, everyone headed outside to get a better look at the object. There was no-one else around at the time as the site was not particularly crowded. Unfortunately nobody had a camera with them at the time.


Puzzled by its appearance, everyone watched it for about 15 minutes before returning back inside the caravan. Graham continued to observe it from the window. After about an hour the object began to move in the direction of the campsite. It got to within a mile of their location and also descended in altitude to about 1000 feet.


The sun had now set and it was quite dark, but Graham could see a flattened disc shape with squared off ends. The pulsing light was coming from the centre of it. After watching it for a number of minutes, the UFO increased dramatically in speed and shot away to the West extremely fast. Within a second it was lost from view from the window.


Witness drawing of the UFO: