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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

JANUARY 18, 1978, ANLABY, YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER, U-K., FOUR YOUNG MEN:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Fortean researcher and ufologist Nigel Watson apparently briefly reported in Fortean magazines in the 1990's about a case in Anlaby, Yorkshire and the Humber, U-K., on January 18, 1978, in the evening.

One second-hand version tells that "four young men" playing in the local schoolyard heard a sharp whistling sound and, looking up, saw a round silvery object with windows and changing colors. It landed on the flat roof of the schoolhouse and three beings emerged from the object.

They were described as small and wearing gold colored suits, lacking any arms, and connected to the object by "tubes" from their backs.

As "the witness" watched, the beings ran back into the object; which took off slowly, while "one of the witnesses" saw through a hole in the bottom the beings apparently returning to some seats inside the craft.

Another second-hand version tells of only one witness, a child, instead of "four young men", and a third second-hand version tells of four boys, specifying that the saucer was "just how you would imagine a flying saucer", shot away "like a boomerang", and that Nigel Watson commented that "the Hull vicinity has a history of strange seemingly hallucinatory cases of this sort".

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000854
Date of event: January 18, 1978
Earliest report of event: 1993?
Delay of report: 15 years?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Fortean researcher and ufologist.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Fortean researcher and ufologist.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: September 15, 2008
This file last updated on: September 15, 2008
Country of event: U-K.
State/Department: Yorkshire and the Humber
Type of location: School grounds.
Lighting conditions: Not reported, evening.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1 or 4
Witnesses ages: Not reported, children or young.
Witnesses types: Not reported, or schoolboy.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Other
Entities height: Small
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Gold.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported. No arms.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: None.
Entities fingers: N/A.
Entities fingers number: N/A.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Came out of UFO, went back in, departure.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Insufficient information, no credibility.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Anlaby, North Humberside, England, on January 18, 1978, in the evening, four young men were playing in the local schoolyard when they heard a sharp whistling sound and looked up to see a round silvery object with windows, and changing colors landing on the flat roof of the schoolhouse. Three beings emerged from the object. They were described as small and wearing gold colored suits and lacking any arms. Tubes came from their backs and apparently were connected into the object. As the witness watched, the beings ran back into the object which took off slowly, one of the witnesses saw through a hole in the bottom the beings apparently returning to some seats inside the craft.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Nigel Watson, Strange Magazine #10."

[Ref. ud1:] UFODNA WEBSITE:

The website provides the summary by Albert Rosales as in [ar1].

[Ref. pd1:] THE PARANORMAL DATABASE:

Golden Men

Location: Anlaby (Yorkshire) - Anlaby school, playing ground

Type: UFO

Date / Time: 18 January 1978

Further Comments: A youngster playing in the grounds of the school watched a round craft land and three figures dressed in golden clothing climb out. The child ran off to find friends to tell, and when he returned with someone the craft was already back in the sky - it quickly flew off.

[Ref. in1:] ON THE INTERNET:

Someone posted that he just came across an interesting local UFO report from the Fortean Times of an event in January 1978:

Nigel Watson indicates that on January 18, 1978, an atypical UFO encounter took place at Anlaby school, not far from Hull. Four boys playing in the schoolyard heard a whistling and looked up to see an object "just how you would imagine a flying saucer" constantly shifting colors and land on the school's flat roof.

Fascinated, they watched as three "people" emerged from the object; they were wearing gold-colored suits, had no visible arms and trailed "wires" which led back to the object. At the boys' commotion, the beings returned to their craft which shot away "like a boomerang".

"Fortean Times contributor Nigel Watson reports that the Hull vicinity has a history of strange seemingly hallucinatory cases of this sort".

Points to consider:

Fragmentary and contradictory from one version to another, the story does not stand out by its credibility.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe September 15, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe September 15, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No sign of investigation. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe September 15, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Contradictions on witness(es), from "four young men" to "a boy", depending on the versions. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe September 15, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Nature of story unknown: anonymous letter, rumor, newspaper...? Help needed. Opened.
5 Ufology Severe September 15, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Contradiction on UFO departure, fast or slow, depending on the version. Help needed. Opened.
6 Ufology Severe September 15, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No named witness. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Insufficient information, no credibility.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 15, 2008 Creation, [ar1], [ud1], [pd1], [in1].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 15, 2008 First published.

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