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Friday, 22 June 2018

The strange case of the Skelmersdale UFO and the wind turbine

NB. This is an article from my UFO archives, due to other sites going down...

The following UFO report has appeared in my book – UFO: THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH and elsewhere. It is an account that stays in my mind as being most bizarre, therefore it is my pleasure to share it with you here.

North West UFO Research

Press release

Report by Pat Regan
The Skelmersdale UFO – was it related to the destruction of a giant wind turbine?

On Wednesday 7th January 2009 Jo Kelly from the Southport Visiter contacted me. 

Jo stated that she had been contacted by a lady, Lynn Johnson, who said she had seen a UFO and wanted to speak to someone in the area who might be able to shed some light on it.

As Jo requested, I telephoned Mrs Johnson who was out at the time. Nevertheless, later on the evening of 7th January Lynne’s husband, Andy, phoned me back. Andy explained at length what had happened

Monday 5th January 2009. On this dark and very cold night, Lynne and Andy had been walking their 2 dogs along Tanhouse Road in Skelmersdale, Lancashire.

They were walking through an underpass when they noticed a strange oscillating sphere of about 4 inches in diameter that shone blue, yellow and green light. This object was at head height in a stationary position.

 As they approached the sphere it suddenly moved towards them as if startled, causing Andy to throw up his hands in defence. He thought it was about to hit them. It then flew right between the couple and disappeared behind them. Andy, a local delivery driver, told me that they were both left stunned by the event and in a state of disbelief.

Andy explained that the strangest thing was that the UFO seems to be acting under its own intelligence and as if stunned by their presence.

I do not know what this UFO was. However, I explained to Andy that it sounded like reports I had heard of Ball lightening although this natural phenomenon seems to be more common in thundery weather when it is warmer. I also mentioned that the actions he described reminded me of the so-called ‘Foo Fights’ (strange balls of light that whizzed around aircraft) of WW11 that frightened many pilots at that time.

I rang up Andy Johnson to check the accuracy of the above report and he agreed it was correct. However, Andy also drew my attention to a fascinating UFO report that has just hit the headlines.

The Sun newspaper reported (8th Jan, 2008) that a wind turbine stood wrecked yesterday with one of its giant 65ft blades torn off after it was hit by a UFO. Mystified power bosses said of the smash in Conisholme, Lincolnshire: “We have a team investigating.”

There was no sign of the missing blade. In fact the turbine’s huge 65ft blade was ripped off in the collision and cannot seem to be found (the blade ‘was’ later discovered, see below) A UFO expert told the Sun: “We are very excited.”

Allegedly dozens of people saw mysterious flashing orangey-yellow spheres over Lincolnshire where the turbine was left in ruins. Records show there were no aircraft in the area at the time of the initial UFO reports, or at the time of the incident.
One man said he spotted a massive ball of light with tentacles going right down to the ground over the wind farm. He claimed it looked just like an octopus. Moreover, a female motorist claimed she saw a UFO streaking towards the turbine prior to the peculiar collision.  Others said they saw balls of flames.

Filey-based UFO hunter, Russ Kellet, also mentioned that dozens of UFO reports had poured in before the collision. Incidentally, Russ was most helpful to me when I first photographed the Lancashire twister UFO last summer.

This is potentially an air safety issue, just like the UFO I photographed at the Southport Air Show last year that was very close to a Red Arrows jet.

Have these latest sightings got any relationship to the sphere of oscillating lights that Andy Johnson saw?

The Sun reported that The MoD said of the latest scare: “Unless there is evidence of a potential threat, there is no attempt to identify the nature of each sighting.”

In the Sun’s report, Nick Pope repeated the ongoing call for the MoD to take more action as this is another air safety issue. Nick said that the Lincolnshire event could be the “most significant UFO incident for years.

Another point in the Sun report was quite remarkable.

A witness called Lesley Whittingham photographed strange lights in the sky, which were pictured in the account.

I recall coming home one afternoon through Southport my home town and seeing a very similar sight. I was driving home with my teenage son at the time (early December 08) and we thought that the lights were just some form of natural phenomenon comparable to the shades of a rainbow, but of a circular shape. We thought no more about this until we saw it again in the Sun’s report.

Nevertheless, what more verification does the MoD need (i.e. huge wind turbine blades flying through the sky) that these are serious air safety issues that it ‘should’ be investigating immediately?  What are we paying the MoD brass for?

A spokesperson for Ecotricity, which runs the wind farm at Conisholme, Louth said the wind turbines have apparatus which registers things like extraordinary vibrations that can be examined as part of their investigation into what happened. Today they have confirmed that the 'missing' blade has been found on the ground at the site.  Nick Pope said:

"This of course, raises another question – are the right people doing the investigation into this? I think the police should be involved and cordon off the site and launch a detailed search and sweep of the area. They could bring in metal detectors to search for debris from the blades.”

Above: Nick Pope

Nick added:

"My view is something big must have hit the wind turbine to cause that damage and it appears in this case that the UFO witnesses are very respectable, and clearly not people who are making this up."

County councillor and turkey farmer for the area Robert Palmer said he had seen a "round, white light that seemed to be hovering". He added: "I am not counting it out that it was a UFO." The councillor wants local authorities to investigate what caused the damage.

Dr Peter Schubel, from the University of Nottingham, is an expert in the design and manufacture of wind turbine blades. He told the BBC that if the turbine blade was still, it would take the equivalent of a 10-tonne load to do that kind of damage, but if it was rotating, or hit by a moving object, the force could be a lot less.

However a mechanical failure was also cited as a possible cause. Fraser McLachlan, chief executive of GCube, which insures more than 25,000 wind turbines worldwide, said such incidents occurred about five or six times a year. "I reckon something the size and weight of a cow would do it," Dale Vince of energy firm Ecotricity told BBC Radio 4's Today programme. "If there is a rational explanation – we will come up with it." 

Of course sensitive wind farm bosses would not want to alarm the public with safety issues concerning the dangers behind giant  turbine blades, yet 'flying cows' seem rather implausible at this time. However, whatever the cause the mystery continues.

This issue then calls into question the safely aspects surrounding these massive and costly wind turbines, which many experts allege to be highly inefficient devices.

Whatever one’s view’s about the UFO phenomena questions need to be urgently asked.

Authoritarian apathy will not do!

Above: Sam Clack (left) of Dune FM Radio with Pat Regan 
Sam Clack, top reporter of Dune FM Radio station, interviewed me on 9th January 2009. 

Sam was particularly interested in the way the MoD have limited interest in the UFO stories at hand.

As a footnote I may add that more recently the MoD has closed its UFO facility.

Possible reasons why this closure occurred may be accessed on this link from committed UFO researcher Andy Russell.

Pat Regan © 2010 

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

The Southport/Blackpool Lifeboat Disaster and Birkdale Palace Hotel

Fourteen heroic Southport lifeboatmen were provisionally laid to rest at the site of the Palace Hotel after being drowned, trying to save lives on December 9, 1886.

A German vessel called the Mexico was driven aground off Southport in the famous Southport and Blackpool lifeboats disaster.

Eliza Fernley, the Southport crew’s lifeboat, had been launched from Southport in response to distress signals from the Mexico’s crew.  At eleven o’clock that  night  the Eliza Fernley managed to come within about twenty yards of the Mexico. However, she was capsized by a huge wave.

Some hours later, the stricken Eliza Fernley was found approximately three miles from Southport at Birkdale. Fourteen of her sixteen-man crew perished.

Blackpool lifeboats also went out on that fateful night in a bid to save lives.

The "News of the World" magazine, (12th December 1886) covered the disaster like this:


‘A distressing catastrophe occurred off the Lancashire coast early on Friday. It seems that during the gale which raged on Thursday a large barque, the Mexico, of Hamburg, from Liverpool to Guayaquil, was seen to be at anchor in a dangerous position off Ainsdale. During the evening she dragged her anchors, and drove on the beach. The Southport lifeboat, Eliza Fernley, was launched about 11 o'clock, and manned by a crew of 16 hands, pulled gallantly through the raging sea in the direction of the wreck, which could be plainly seen by the lights of her signals. Two of her masts were gone, and her crew, lashed to various parts of the vessel, were shouting wildly for help. After a fierce battle with the wind and sea, the lifeboat was seen to get within about 20 yards of the wreck, and her success seemed assured. Just at this moment she fell off with the force of the wind, and before she could be brought up again a terrific sea struck her, and she was capsized, all the crew being thrown into the water. Instead of righting herself, as she ought to have done, she remained bottom upwards, and was blown onto the beach. Three of the crew managed to get hold of the upturned boat and drifted ashore with her in safety; but the other 13 were drowned, three of the bodies being found entangled under the boat when she touched the beach. The remaining ten bodies were washed ashore during the course of Friday morning. Of the 13 deceased 10 were married, and many of them have large families. The men saved were Henry Robinson, John Jackson, and John Ball. The last-named died on Friday night in the infirmary, thus making 14 deaths.’

The bodies of the crewmen were viewed by a jury from the hurriedly convened coroner's investigation held at Birkdale's Palace Hotel. In respect for the departed heroes the public house later built on the Palace Hotel site was named  'The Fishermans Rest.'

Above: The Fishermans Rest

As a teenager I would frequently set lines to catch fish on Birkdale beach at night near the pub. Birkdale beach after dark is quite a foreboding place, especially when the fog comes down and it’s snowing in winter. I can well imagine what a terrible night, for the ill-fated crewmen, that must have been.

I feel an immense affinity for the Southport heroes that died that tragic night and the epic Southport lifeboat disaster still brings tears to my eyes.

So what is my own particular attachment to the Palace Hotel?

Well, my Swiss/German grandfather on my mother’s side was a man called ‘Eugene Gshwinder.’ He was the Head Waiter at the Palace Hotel in the 1920s.

Above: staff at the Palace with my grandfather (front row right).

Eventually the Mexico's crew were saved by the Charles Biggs's crew from Blackpool's Lytham area. Another lifeboat, the Laura Janet, was sunk and all her crew lost to the raging sea.

27 lives were lost in the great disaster that terrible stormy night. To date, this is the worst loss of RNLI crew in a single incident.

I for one salute the Southport and Blackpool heroes who gave everything to save lives in peril, on the angry sea.

Pat Regan © 

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Dangerous tree: Sandringham Road, Ainsdale

In these times of excessive developments and profiteering we (and the wildlife) all need many more trees, not less. 

However, the council has a duty to remove dead and dangerous specimens that threaten human health and safely.

Following recent gusts of wind branches have started to fall onto the footpath and road from a large, long-dead, tree down Sandringham Road in Ainsdale.

Hopefully no one was under this branch when it fell from some height last night.

Councils are forever eager to destroy much-loved and healthy woodlands for profit, yet seem rather inconsistent when real dangers on our streets like this one are overlooked. 

Residents are advised to take great care when walking under this dead tree, especially when it's windy. 

Pat Regan © 


Monday, 4 June 2018

Formby Bridge road works

Formby Bridge is currently affected by traffic delays from today (Monday 4th June) for three weeks, due to road works. The works will be undertaken from 4th to 24th June. Road closures are in place from the junction at Duke Street and Kirklake Road.

Additional data on Sefton Council site as follows...


Pat Regan ©

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Southport lads venture forth to the 2CV GB Registers Day

Southport pals, Dave Elsby (Motor Engineer) and Jason Regan (Founder of Citroen 2CV Appreciation group) attended the 2CV GB Registers Day in Birkenhead. 

Jason remembers that his parents had 2CVs when he was just a small boy and has loved the French cars with a great passion since then. Therefore, attending the Registers Day was to him a dream come true… 

Above: Jason trying out a 2CV in Bill Gale's 2CV Southport workshop in 2012. 

Above: Southport mechanic Dave Elsby at the event. 

Dave works on all manner of vehicles and can be contacted on the following numbers.

Landline 01704 507268. Mobile 07980 713661

Dream come true as Jason gets a ride in a 2CV... 

Above: how the 2CV passion all started for Jason many moons ago... 

Dave offers a free collection and delivery service throughout Southport and Formby including Banks, Tarleton and surrounding areas and he can address all your motoring needs.

The event was organised by the CHESHIRE DRAGONS

Druids Inn, Llanferres, Ruthin Road CH7 5SN
01824 780 673 or 07740 041 037
Contact Name: Ian and Catherine Beardshaw
Meet Date and Time: 1st Sunday at 12.30

2CVGB The Deux Chevaux Club of Great Britain  

2CVGB National

Pat Regan © 

Saturday, 2 June 2018

In Pictures: Ainsdale Gala Fun Day, 2 June 2018

The Gala Fun Day got off to a rather damp start, with drizzle increasing throughout the morning .

Mr Trix on hand to delight the children...

Various stalls doing raffles and selling all manner of things.


And despite the drizzle the band played on...

Damon Noone performing at Ainsdale Fun Day 2018

Pat Regan ©

Monday, 28 May 2018

In Pictures: Orangemen in Southport today

Orange marchers paraded through Southport this afternoon in sweltering heat.

With temperatures up to around 27 degrees Celsius the bands played on.

Pat Regan © 

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