By The Daily PostONE of Britain’s greatest UFO mysteries deepened last night after a new witness emerged after 34 years.
The Government allegedly covered up the “Welsh Roswell” incident, in the Berwyn mountain range in 1974, after scores of residents reported a massive tremor, strange lights in the sky and “Men in Black” scouring the area.
Claims that aliens crash-landed and their bodies were then transported by the Ministry of Defence to the top-secret research base Porton Down in Wiltshire were dismissed by Whitehall officials.
But suspicions about what really happened were re-ignited in May this year when hundreds of MoD documents about UFO sightings were released, with none containing any details about the Berwyn incident, reviving rumours of a cover-up.
Now, fresh evidence by retired gamekeeper Geraint Edwards, of Llandderfel, Denbighshire, has reopened the debate.
He told the makers of a new Channel Five documentary, which is being broadcast tonight, how he stood in amazement as a flying saucer hovered for 10 minutes above the mountains before it disappeared into space at impossible speed.
He said: “It was definitely a flying saucer. It was a pity I didn’t have a camera because it was there for at least 10 minutes, just hovering.
“We were on the way down to play darts when something caught our eye in the south-east, so we stopped.
“It looked like a rugger ball, but the ends of it were more pointy.
“When it took off, it just went like lightning on the same line as it hovered.
“It hovered back to the mountain, and (then it was) gone.
“I wrote it down in my diary. It was 6.45pm on the Friday night.
“If we were coming back from the pub, people would be saying, ‘they’ve had one or two (drinks)’ but we were going to the pub.”
His former neighbour, Pat Evans, a district nurse who gave a detailed eye-witness account of the phenomenon at the time, moved abroad to escape the mass attention she attracted from the media, UFO investigators and scientists.
But Mr Edwards has decided to speak out for the first time about his close encounter on February 15, 1974, for tonight’s television programme re-examining the evidence.
Three weeks earlier, on January 23, the villages of Llandrillo and Llandderfel, near Corwen, were rocked by a tremor measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale.
Reports of unexplained strange coloured lights and objects in the sky immediately afterwards and unusual military activity in the following weeks fuelled speculation that a UFO had crash-landed.
Sceptics maintain the explanation was an unlikely combination of an earthquake which struck Wales at the same time that a meteor shower passed overhead, and that “Men in Black” who residents reported seeing were actually seismologists researching the quake.
They also insist Pat Evans, who saw a “bright orb, the size of the Moon” with twinkling around the edges, was actually looking at a lamp carried by poachers on a nearby mountainside.
The absence of any material on the incident from the newly released MoD documents in May has roused suspicions from other eye-witnesses.
But the Daily Post has gained access to documents on the Berwyn Mountains mystery which we have published on our website at www.dailypost.co.uk.
Farmer Huw Lloyd, 48, who was a teenager at the time, said: “Whatever it was, it was kept quiet. And things that have happened have been covered up.”
Retired North Wales Police Assistant Chief Constable Elfed Roberts, who was a sergeant at the time of UFO incident, was rushing to Llandrillo moments after the tremor with his superior when they saw the mysterious lights.
He said: “As we were driving, all of a sudden we saw this green light in the sky ahead of us and it seemed to be an arcing light, but it was very sudden, totally unexpected, different to anything ever seen before.”
UFO researcher Russ Kellett has asked anyone with information to call him on 0560 2826901.
Britain’s Closest Encounters is on Five tonight at 8pm.