1967: A Great flying saucer mystery which had been puzzling people in County Durham, northern England, was solved today in 1967.
Glowing objects hurtling southward in the sky were put there a gamekeeper, Mr. Gordon Whetdale.
He explained: “Starlings are doing a tremendous amount of damage and we are shooting off flares to scare them out of the wood. We fired the flares on Monday and Tuesday and will keep firing them if they come back”.
Many people were convinced they had seen craft from outer space. Some telephoned the police.