October 1978 - Great Bridgeford - Disc UFO Sighting
Updated: May 18
Birmingham UFO Group Case Report
Author: Dave Hodrien
Release Date: 15/10/2012
Last Updated: 20/04/2023
For reasons of anonymity pseudonyms have been used
It was 5.20 pm on the evening of a day in late October 1978. "Simon" and his wife at the time, "Chloe", were travelling home from Stafford after a day at work. They were driving along Eccleshall Road and had just passed through the village of Great Bridgeford. Immediately following the village was a stretch of road lined with trees and with farmer’s fields either side of it. Suddenly ahead of them off to the right of the road they saw a dark disc-shaped object. It appeared to be between 300-350 feet in the air, and was moving very slowly in a a South Westerly direction. At first they assumed it must be a helicopter but then they realised that it had no lights on.
Photograph on the stretch of Eccleshall Road where the UFO was first sighted:
The witnesses began to drive closer to the object. As they got nearer they realised that it was a very dark pewter colour, and had no visible markings on it or protrusions of any kind. It was roughly 30 feet in diameter, and was only moving at around 10-15 mph. It passed across the road in front of them at an angle of around 45 degrees. Despite the fact that there were other drivers on the road, nobody else seemed to have noticed the object, or did but did not bother stopping. Simon pulled up the car in an open gateway.
Aerial map showing the location where the UFO was first spotted (A) and the gateway where the witnesses parked (B):
As they got out of the car to continue watching it, the disc suddenly stopped moving. It hung in the air completely silently. Then, without warning, a ring of segmented lights around the circumference of the base of the object appeared. The lights were multi-coloured and included red, green, blue and yellow, possibly other colours. They were flashing on and off in sequence giving the appearance of rotation. Simon does not believe the UFO itself was rotating. After about 15 seconds the UFO started moving again on the same course and at the same speed as before. They continued to watch it until it went out of sight.
Simon and his wife continued to watch the object for several minutes until it had gone out of sight. They were both amazed at what they had just seen, and also both felt like the UFO had stopped on their behalf so that they could get a good look at it.
Photograph from the gateway in the direction the UFO moved off in: