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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.

MAY 6, 1981, KESTON PONDS, KENT, U-K., TWO YOUNG GIRLS:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

US author and sensationalist ufologist Gray Barker apparently reported in 1982 that on May 6, 1981 at an hour not specified, at a pond in Keston, U-K., two schoolgirls saw a figure wearing a cloak, a dark pointed hat and a circles of lights at its lower half, and this is all there seems to be about it.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000361
Date of event: May 6, 1981
Earliest report of event: 1982
Delay of report: Days, 2 years?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Ufology book.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Ufology book.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: November 19, 2007
This file last updated on: November 19, 2007
Country of event: U-K.
State/Department: Kent
Type of location: At pond.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 2
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Schoolchildren.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Schoolgirls.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Humanoid or human
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Cloak, pointed hat.
Entities outfit color: Not reported or dark.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Wears pointed hat.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
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 heard.
Entities actions: Not reported, or glides around witnesses.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible marsh gas. Insufficient information.
Explanation certainty: None.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Keston Ponds, Kent, England, on May 6, 1981, at an unknown time, two young girls reported seeing a strange humanoid that glided slowly above the water on a nearby lagoon. The figure was wearing a long dark pointed hat and was covered by a dark cloak. Around its lower half was a circle of small lights. No other information.

Rosales indicates that the source is Gray Barker, UFO Annual 1981.

[Ref. mk1:] "MONSTERS OF KENT" BLOG:

Headlined "An entity from the '80s", a short paragraph indicates that on May 6, 1981, in Keston, between Bromley and Biggin Hill, there are three "watery abodes," one natural, two man-made, which attract many anglers each year.

On this particular day, two schoolgirls were terrified by a cloaked figure wearing a tall, dark hat and a glowing belt, which glided around them, and "little else has been reported on the spook."

Points to consider:

US writer Gray Barker was the first to popularize stories of "Men In Black" as an element of ufology, and defended that flying Saucers come from inside the Earth, not other planets. He was not quite ready to check into stories he published. This one has no known primary source and was certainly not investigated by Barker as it allegedly took place on another continent.

With only two sources found so far, both giving versions with differences about the "belt" and the "cloak", short, without sources and noting that nothing else is known or "little else" is known, I hardly see grounds for thinking that there was real close encounter of the third kind there, but rather some urban legend, or some confusion by young girls, promoted in story, perhaps with some will-'o-the-wisp occurence as stimulus.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe November 19, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No primary source indicated. Help needed. Opened.
2 Data Severe November 19, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No primary source available. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe November 19, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No trace of investigation. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe November 19, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Witnesses are children, not named, untraceable. Help needed. Opened.
5 Ufology Severe November 19, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Possibility of marsh gas apparently not considered. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible marsh gas. Insufficient information.

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 November 19, 2007 Creation, [ar1], [mk1].
1.0 Patrick Gross November 19, 2007 First published.

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