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UFO enthusiasts will converge in east Hull for a convention being organised by man who saw “bright lights leapfrogging” over Bransholme.
Since his extra-terrestrial ‘encounter’ in February 1974, Chris Evers has been hooked on all things out of this world.
Mr Evers’ convention, called 70 Years of the Modern UFO Era, will take place later this year and will feature talks from UFO enthusiasts.
Chris talking about the convention
He said: “Thirty years ago the only planets that we knew about were in our solar system. Since then, at least five or six thousand planets, not in our solar system, have been discovered. Based on these figures, there must surely be intelligence life forms out there.”
Mr Evers has turned his passion into a career, and is editor of his own free online magazine, Outer Limits, that is read in 57 countries.
His interest was sparked by a chance encounter as a young man in Bransholme.
“I saw two, bright lights leapfrogging each other in the sky,” he said. “At that time, you’d often see aircraft flying over Bransholme – but they didn’t move like an aircraft.”
Five speakers are booked for the all-day convention, including local historian Mike Covell, who has conducted extensive research into UFO reports, and Paul Sinclair and Russel Callaghan, who have both written extensively on the subject. It will take place on September 9 at the Freedom Centre, in Preston Road.
Mr Evers, now of west Hull, said: “Mike will be looking back to 1801, when the region’s first UFO sighting was recorded in Hull.”
The common misconception is that UFO sightings began in America in 1947, when Kenneth Arnold saw unidentified objects flying over the Cascade Mountains, Mr Covell previously told the Mail. The famous Roswell incident – when an alien craft supposedly crashed in New Mexico – happened the same year.
However, in 1801 Hull and the Humber featured in the local and national press, as well as science periodicals, when a fiery object appeared in the sky, bathing the city in blue light.
According to a report in the Hull Packet, a precursor to the Hull Daily Mail, after its initial disappearance, the UFO reappeared “looking like the face of the moon”, before splitting into five circular balls of light.
One of the strangest cases centered on a report that a UFO landed in a park on the city’s Longhill estate. Mr Covell’s research reveals that on November 15, 1967, a group of Hull children saw a cigar-shaped craft descend and hover over the park, leaving burn marks on a hill.
Two police officers visited the ‘landing site’ and noticed burn marks on the hill but no sign of any such craft, according to Mr Covell. Initially they thought the children had been up to no good but their stories were said to have been very consistent.
Tickets cost £10 and are available directly from Mr Evers on 07962 397209.