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Morecambe Contact Case - UFOs, Missing Time, Psychic Abilities, Shadow Beings, Paranormal Activity

Birmingham UFO Group Case Report

Author: Dave Hodrien

Release Date: 07/11/2021

On 9th October 2021 I gave a talk at Mini-con in Preston. One of the attendees of the conference, Jon Gibirdi, got in touch soon afterwards to discuss a number of experiences which had happened throughout his life. We arranged numerous video calls to go over everything in depth. This report covers these incidents, which may be directly or in-directly related to contact.

Iron-Shaped UFO

In May 2008 when Jon was 34 years old he had what he believed at the time to be his first sighting of a UFO (This later on turned out not to be the case as you shall see). At the time he lived in Preston on Wildman Street with his partner at the time Julie, and daughters Calista and Claudia.

One evening Jon took Calista out driving along the country lanes on the outskirts of Preston. She enjoyed it so much that a few days later she asked to go for a return trip. It was a cold but clear and still evening. The light had faded in the sky and the stars were fully visible.

Aerial map of Wildman Street

They drove out a couple of miles to Boys Lane, which became Walker Lane. As they drove along this with open fields either side of the road, Jon became aware of a bright star-like light in the sky to the North West at an elevation of about 40 degrees. As he continued to look at it, he realised it seemed a little too bright for a star. He pulled up in a lay-by to continue looking at it. Both he and Calista got out of the car.

Aerial map of Walker Lane indicating the lay-by
Photograph of the sighting location in the direction the light was seen

As they watched it became even brighter, with a glowing haze around it, they soon became aware that it was slowly coming in their direction. Wondering whether it was a helicopter or plane with a light facing towards them, Jon turned the engine of the car off to listen for the sound of rotor blades or jet engines but there was silence. Nor could he see any other navigation lights on the object.

Witness drawing of the UFO at a distance

They continued to watch for up to 7 minutes as the object slowly approached. Unfortunately Jon did not have a smartphone or camera on him so could not try to photograph or video it. Eventually it passed almost overhead, just off to their right. As it did the light emitting from it seemed to die right down and they could see its true shape. The base of the object was an elongated curved triangle, similar to an iron. The colour appeared to be a slightly luminescent copper, although it was possible it was metallic and reflecting lights on the ground.

Witness drawing of the UFO overhead

It appeared to be about 1000 feet up, although this was quite hard to judge. If it was at this height it would have been about 40 feet in length. It had a completely smooth surface with no lines or markings visible. It was moving at quite a slow speed, perhaps 20 mph.

Jon watched in amazement for another 7 or so minutes as it continued to fly slowly on a level course to the South East. It was eventually lost from sight in the distance. He stood outside the car for several more minutes, thinking about what he had just seen. He then noticed that a helicopter was approaching from the North West. It started circling the area, and he wondered if it had been sent out to intercept the object. After a number of minutes it flew away. By this point Calista had started to get bored, so they got back in the car and continued their drive around the lanes.

When they got home Jon told Julie what had happened. She believed he’d seen something but overall was quite dismissive of the sighting. He also told his work colleagues who were quite sceptical and took the mick out of him about it.

A number of days after the incident, he saw an advert in the Lancashire Evening Post appealing for people who had experienced UFOs to get in touch. He decided to ring up and tell them his story. They contacted him several times to ask questions, and he got the feeling they were trying to pigeon hole him as a UFO nut. In early June they published the article, which can be read online here:

Note: The paper accidentally mentioned Claudia instead of Calista in the article, and named Jon John. They also stated the incident had happened on Boys Lane, not Walker Lane, although Jon says he probably referred to it as this when he spoke with them.

This is an interesting and extensive UFO sighting. Jon watched the object for many minutes so was able to get a very good look at it. 360 radar confirms that the area does lie within an airway:

It also confirms that it lies outside of controlled airspace, meaning that private untracked flights would be possible:

However, the object was moving too slowly to be an aeroplane, at the speed it was going it would have dropped out of the sky. Also there were no navigation lights. As it passed overhead these would have been visible, although sometimes the military does fly aircraft dark while on training exercises. If it was a helicopter of some kind then the sound of rotor blades would no doubt have been heard. A hand-glider seems also unlikely. It was the wrong shape for this and there appeared to be nothing hanging beneath it.

Could it have been an unusual inflatable of some kind drifting on an air current? It seems too large to have been a novelty balloon, and was the wrong shape for a blimp. Also it does appear to have been giving off some light, or else it would not have appeared as a glowing orb of white light when in the distance.

I have dealt with other cases involving craft of this shape, and in at least one of these the base was a glowing orange colour. Could this have been a similar object?

We have no way of knowing whether the helicopter which appeared was anything to do with the sighting. It was a good 7 minutes later before it arrived and it did not fly on the same path as the object as if giving chase. Perhaps it was merely coincidence it was in the area.

Premonitions & The Spiral

Several weeks after the sighting Jon had a strange dream. He was walking along Adelphi Street near to his home. As he walked past a pub named The Wellfield, the landlord came out and said to him “Come inside, I want to show you something.” When Jon asked him what he informed him he had seen a UFO over Preston.

Photograph of The Wellfield

When Jon woke up in the morning he wondered what the strange dream could mean, and why he would dream of that particular person, who he did not know. A couple of days later in the newspaper he came across an article. It was the same individual he had seen in his dream, and to Jon’s amazement it was about some strange lights in the sky that he had recently witnessed! The chances of him dreaming about an invidual with the same appearance, same job role, at the same location and discussing the same incident seemed impossibly small. It appeared that he had somehow had a premonition about this man's sighting which had manifested in this way.

Later in the same year Jon took Calista to Preston Guild Hall for a musical event. As they were going up the escalator a thought suddenly came to his mind. He thought to himself “I wonder if I’ll see David North.” He immediately wondered why he would have such a thought. David was one of his friends from primary school, but one he hadn’t seen in many years.

Photograph of Preston Guild Hall

As they reached the top of the escalator Jon could barely believe his eyes. Standing there amongst other attendees was David! He approached Jon and greeted him. Jon did not tell him about the fact he had seemingly just predicted the meeting.

David mentioned he’d seen the article in the paper about his UFO sighing. Jon said that he was a bit fed up about talking about it due to the way in which many had spoken to him. However David then said something strange. He said “I believe you. We saw something together as kids didn’t we?” Jon was certain that he had not seen anything prior to the iron-shaped object so replied “I didn’t see anything with you!” But David insisted saying “We were playing hide and seek down the side of that house and we saw that metallic thing go overhead.”

Instantly the memories of the incident flooded back into Jon’s mind clear as day. He saw himself as 9 or 10 years old. At the time he lived on Lulworth Road. In the memory it was a hot summer’s day with bright sunny weather. They were playing hide and seek with someone else, and he and David had decided to hide behind the tall hedgerow of a house on the corner of Kennington Road, a couple of roads away. Above them between the house and the hedge was a thin strip of blue sky.

Aerial map showing route the boys would have taken from Lulworth Road