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Various Types of Sighting

Perhaps the most puzzling aspect of the Longdendale phenomena is the different types of sightings reported, suggesting that there could be several possible explanations for the various lights. In addition to the strange flickering flame-like flares seen on the moors, the following are examples of the other types of strange lights recorded in the area.

For example the area is well known for sightings of 'ghost bombers' and phantom planes. The moor land is scattered with the wreckage of World War Two aircraft and it would therefore perhaps be natural for people to attribute aerial sightings to the 'phantom planes of the High Peak'. One of the most fascinating sightings in the area was in March 1997, when Maria France was out walking on the moors with a friend hoping to get a good view of the Hale-Bopp comet. What they saw was a low-flying plane, almost skimming the ground. This sighting was also confirmed by several other people in the area at the time. Shortly afterwards an impact and explosion was heard and an orange blast was seen. Hundreds of rescue personnel, tracker dogs and even helicopters spent over fifteen hours combing the area for the crashed plane. Nothing was ever found and no aircraft was reported missing.

Other people have reported a 'powerful blue light' which last for several minutes and lights up a very wide area. Local artist Sean Wood described the light he saw as "Purple in the middle, blue around the outside and a white sphere around that." However Barbara Drabble reported a startling sighting which was recreated in the ITV programme Strange but True and described in David Clarke's article in the Fortean Times (FT107, pg41). In 1970, she was driving home to Crowden when she encountered what she described as "a brilliant blue light", which lit up a vast area. Mrs Drabble stated that it was bright enough to drive without lights and the experience lasted several minutes and did not resemble daylight. As she drove into it, she felt extremely cold and the hair stood up on her neck as if affected by an electrical charge. A year later, the light appeared again but this time was witnessed by dozens of people who were staying at the Crowden Youth Hostel. The Mountain Rescue Team were called and found nothing at all to explain the sighting, yet those who saw it said that it filled the whole valley.

Other people have reported 'balls of light' which hover and move. The most startling example of this type of sighting was experienced by Laverne Marshall in february 1995 and was described in the Glossop Chronicle at the time and was also featured in the Fortean Times (FT107 pg 42) and on the TV programme Strange but True. She was returning home to Glossop (location of this site's webcam) with her daughter Stacey when suddenly light balls of light appeared on the dashboard of the car. "They were really bright and dancing up and down just like they were being controlled by a juggler" she said. The balls of light moved onto the roof of the car, split into two, moved to the back of the car and then returned to the dashboard. This sighting lasted about seven minutes and Ms Marshall cannot explain what she saw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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