UFO sighted over Penwortham divides local opinion

Posted on - 19th January, 2022 - 7:52pm | Author - | Posted in - Observations, Penwortham, Preston News, South Ribble News
The Old Penwortham Bridge over the River Ribble between Preston and South Ribble Pic: Paul Melling
The Old Penwortham Bridge over the River Ribble between Preston and South Ribble Pic: Paul Melling



A declaration with the power to thrill those who believe that Extra Terrestrials regularly visit Earth, or terrify those who believe that Prosecco, a DJ, a cheeseboard and 30 hammered individuals asleep on sofas isn’t a party.

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Fortunately for all who didn’t attend a party that didn’t happen and wasn’t a party, today I am only investigating reports of a UFO by a number of bewildered locals on Facebook page Penwortham Past and Present.

The revelations began with William Fell’s post, which asked: “Anyone see something weird in the sky yesterday with 3 huge lights?”

William continued in the comments: “It was poking out the bottom of a cloud not moving, and the lights were gigantic.”


According to the replies a significant number of others also witnessed the mysterious trio of lights hanging about over Penwortham from 4pm on Sunday (16 January) until 4am the following day.

While some suggested the source could be a drone, witnesses were quick to dismiss the claims, stressing the unusual size, stillness and brightness of the lights and their sudden disappearance. A stance that might also supported by the object’s failure to ruin the peace of a local beauty spot or attack a nana at a wedding.

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Responses given to Mr Fell’s question include:

“We saw a stationary device with red and green light emitting from it. It then moved, stopped, descended then disappeared. Probably about 6 – 7 last night.”

“We saw that but it was coming home from PNE and around 5.45pm `ish`, we`d just turned off Leyland Road for home. Exactly the same three huge white lights all in a row…very odd!”

Suggestions that it may have been a police helicopter or other flying object belonging to Lancashire Constabulary have also been put forward, but when tagged in a reply the force remained close-lipped about any involvement they may or may not have had.

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According to survey giant YouGov, half of Britons think aliens exist, and a whopping 7 per cent claim to have seen a UFO.

If it was an alien craft, we can only speculate as to why those inside chose to hover over Preston and South Ribble.

Did they hear about the Fishergate Bollard and want a go at landing on it like a native? Were they dragged off course by the dying star known as the Golden Way roundabout? Or were they simply here to muck about with some cows and collect Yvonne? Maybe one day soon we’ll find out.

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Have you seen strange lights over Penwortham, snapped a photo of any others in the area, or helped an Yvonne return to her planet after ‘accidentally’ being left behind by her shipmates? Let us know in the comments.

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