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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.

OCTOBER 8, 1978, LOWTON, MANCHESTER, U-K., MR. AND MRS. TRANTER:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

British ufologists Peter Hough and Stephen Balon reportedly told in the Northern UFO News bulletin, issue 55, that in Lowton, Manchester, U-K., on October 8, 1978, at 2330, a man driving with his sleeping wife suddenly caught in his headlights a figure standing in the middle of the grassy area in the center of the A580 motorway.

The figure was human-like, over 6 feet tall and was wearing a shiny silvery garment, like a silver-foil suit.

One of the second-hand sources says the couple's name was Tranter, and the Woman saw a "figure of miner, in old-style uniform", floating in air above the grass.

The figure was encased in an orange glow, and the man could still see the orange glow on the roadway as drove on and looked back.

"Earlier" or "30 minutes earlier", in the same area other people reportedly saw a large lighted object with a silvery dome and three bumps underneath, or a "disc with orange dome", descend slowly towards the road.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001106
Date of event: October 8, 1978
Earliest report of event: 1978
Delay of report: Day, months?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Peter Hough and Stephen Balon in Northern UFO News 55.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Ufologists in ufology bulletin.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: April 26, 2012
This file last updated on: April 26, 2012
Country of event: U-K.
State/Department: Manchester
Type of location: On road from inside driving car.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Uncertain
UFO arrival observed: Not reported.
UFO departure observed: Not reported.
UFO/Entity Relation: Uncertain
Witnesses numbers: 1 or 2
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adults or aged.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Married couple.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Humanoid or human
Entities height: 1.85 meters
Entities outfit type: Silver outfit, like a silver-foil suit, or old fashion miner uniform.
Entities outfit color: Silver.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported. Human-like.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Two, large, black.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None reported.
Entities actions: Stood or hovered in the middle of the grassy area in the center of the motorway.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial visitors or confusion, man in special outfit.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Lowton, Manchester, England, on October 8, 1978, at 2330, a man was driving with his sleeping wife when suddenly his headlights caught sight of a figure standing in the middle of the grassy area in the center of the road. The figure was human like over six-foot tall and was wearing a shiny silvery garment. The figure was encased in an orange glow. The witness drove on and could still see the orange glow on the roadway as he looked back. Earlier in the same area other witnesses had seen a large lighted object with a silvery dome and three bumps underneath descend slowly towards the road.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Peter Hough, Stephen Balon in Northern UFO News #55".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 8 October 1978 at 23:30 in Lowton, Manchester England, UK, "A man was driving with his sleeping wife when suddenly his headlights caught sight of a figure standing in the middle of the grassy area in the center of the road. The figure was human like over six-foot tall and was wearing a shiny silvery garment. The figure was encased in an orange glow. The witness drove on and could still see the orange glow on the roadway as he looked back. Earlier in the same area other witnesses had seen a large lighted object with a silvery dome and three bumps underneath descend slowly towards the road."

The source indication is a broken link.

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 8 October 1978 at 23:30, in Lowton A580, UK, "Tall figure in silver-foil suit, over 6' tall, immersed in orange light as if glowing with heat. Stood on side of road. 30 minutes earlier disc with orange dome reported nearby."

And: "Humanoid being seen. An unidentified object at close range and its occupants were observed by two witnesses, a married couple, on a road (Tranter). One 6.5-foot-tall tall being, wearing a silver suit, was seen."

The source is indicated as "International UFO Reporter, International UFO Reporter, CUFOS".

[Ref. ud3:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that in mid-September 1978 in Lowton A580, UK, "Woman saw figure of miner, in old-style uniform, floating in air above grass."

And: "Humanoid being seen. An unidentified object at close range and its occupants were observed by one female witness on a road (Tranter). One humanoid, wearing a miner's uniform, was seen."

The source is indicated as "International UFO Reporter, International UFO Reporter, CUFOS".

Points to consider:

With the differences in the supplied information in the secondary sources I have here, it is a shame I do not have the primary version which is probably richer and clearer.

I would think of a confusion - for example a person really wearing a fireproof oufit, for some reason - but what about the orange glow which bathes him? Some emergency light?


Old miner outfit,
Manchester area.


Fireman silver outfit.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe April 26, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe April 26, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Differences in available second-hand sources, for example, 1 or 2 witnesses? Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe April 25, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No sign of investigation, checking, corroboration from other ufology source. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe April 25, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Nature and origin of story unknown: anonymous email, rumor, newspaper...? Help needed. Opened.
5 Ufology Severe April 25, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Possibilities of confusions not discarded. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial visitors or confusion, man in special outfit.

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 April 26, 2012 Creation, [1].
1.0 Patrick Gross April 26, 2012 First published.

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