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December 1993/94 – Harrogate – Joined Diamonds UFO Sighting

Birmingham UFO Group Case Report

Author: Dave Hodrien

Release Date: 17/06/2021

In April 2021 I got in touch with a man named Simon Kirby after seeing him mention a UFO sighting he had experienced on Facebook. We got in touch via messenger and had a long discussion about the incident, with later follow up conversations to obtain additional details. It not only involves his direct sighting, but also a possible further sighting by another independent witness.

Sighting Details

In early December of 1992 or 1993, when Simon was 20-21 years old he lived in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. On the evening of the incident he, had gone out to pick up his older brother Mark and a friend from work named Rob from a night club named Jimmy’s. The club was on Parliament Street and no longer exists.

The men left the club quite early, between 11.30pm-midnight, as Simon had work the following day. They lived close enough to be able to walk back home. It was a pleasant, clear and cloudless evening. They began walking North North West along Parliament Street and walked across the Crescent Road / King’s Road crossroads. The area was quite well lit with plenty of street lighting.

Further along the road on their right lay Harrogate Royal Hall, a venue for large gatherings. An event had just concluded, and hundreds of people wearing suits and ball gowns were gathered outside getting into taxis on the far side of the road from them.

As they continued to walk along chatting with one another, Simon happened to glance to the North West in the direction of the St George Hotel. It was now that he spotted a very strange object travelling across the sky visible over the roof of the hotel.

Aerial map showing St George Hotel (A) and Royal Halls (B)

Photograph of the sighting location in the direction the UFO was seen in

The object looked like two glowing diamonds (or possibly triangles) linked together with lines of small glowing circles/spheres at each corner. There were a number of distinct colours to it. The diamonds/triangles were an unusual rusty red colour. The lines of dots were a bright blue-white. Everything seemed encased in an outer sheath which was glowing a pale yellow. The object appeared to be higher up than a helicopter, perhaps about 10000 feet, and at about 45 degrees in the sky. If it was indeed at this altitude it would have been huge in size, although without a point of reference this was hard to accurately gauge. It was however extremely clear and vivid.

Witness drawing of the UFO

It was moving on a straight and level path to the South West. Simon estimates it was travelling at a minimum of 100 mph. As it moved the diamond shapes oscillated around one another, like a dumb-bell tumbling across the sky.

Upon spotting the object Simon exclaimed “What the fuck is that?!” This immediately attracted the attention of Mark and Rob who also began watching the object. Mark responded “I don’t fucking know! I have no idea what that is!” As the UFO moved across the sky, occasionally the oscillating movement would stop and then start going in the opposite direction, without any apparent slowdown of the object.

Simon glanced over at the crowd of people outside the Royal Hall, expecting them to be looking at it too. None of them appeared to have noticed the presence of the bizarre object, they were too distracted. Simon, his brother and friend continued to stare up at it. None of them had a camera on them, and it was before the age of smartphones.