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You ain't seen anything like it1
You ain't seen anything like it1 (2013476)
You ain’t seen anything like it! (at least not before 1911) The site where Ynyslwyd School once stood – revealing the plush mountains above Cwmbach. (photo and blurb: Gerald Richards)
UFOs over the Cynon Valey
UFOs over the Cynon Valey (2013449)
Mystery history with a local focal: Roswell . . . Area 51 . . . Cynon Valley . . . Most of us are familiar with the strange tales emanating from Roswell and Area 51 in the United States since 1947, but not a lot has been written about the ‘flying saucer’ stories which hit the valley in 1940 and the early 1950s. Here are a few of them: In April 1940, several men waiting for their works bus at the bottom of Cwmdare hill at 6 o’clock in the morning witnessed a ‘brilliant light’ shooting across the sky in a south-westerly direction. Given the hostile military conditions prevalent at the time, the reporter for the Aberdare Leader quickly reassured his readers that it was definitely not an enemy aircraft. It was not until ten years after this sighting (10 June 1950) that a ‘hover-plane’, or helicopter, was first seen flying over the Cynon Valley, introducing residents to the strange and wonderful aerial technology which had developed over the wartime years. But, within five months, things started to take a sinister twist when, on 4 November of that year, reports of ‘flying saucers’ seen at Paignton and on the Gower (Penclawdd), were augmented by sightings of “out of the ordinary” aerial objects that were seen above Brook Street, Aberaman, and in Hirwaun, where two women saw a couple of ‘star-like’ lights with pointed tails that looked like the headlights of a car. On 27 January, 1951, an amber sphere (about ‘twice the size of a football’) was seen in the sky above Mountain Ash by several people. Described as ‘glittering like a diamond ring’, the UFO travelled in an easterly direction for a full two minutes before it eventually went out of sight. One lady, who thought it may have been a fireball, dismissed the idea that it was an airplane because it made no sound. Just after midnight, and almost a fortnight before Christmas in 1952, a ‘sphere of blazing light’ with a cigar-shaped object just beneath it, was observed above Abercynon and heading towards Treharris. And two years later, on 6 November, 1954, a ‘flying cigar - brilliantly illuminated with a yellow light’ was seen flying over North View Terrace. The two witnesses, from Godreaman, described its appearance as being similar to the shape of an electric light bulb; it was moving slowly and silently, and finally disappeared out of sight beyond the mountains above Abercwmboi. On the evening of 13 August, 1955, two revolving silver discs were seen by two ladies in Catherine Street, Aberdare; the ‘saucers’ flitted over the Graig and headed off in the direction of Mardy. It should be remembered that supersonic speeds and space travel were still several years away, although it can be assumed that aeronautical experimentation following the war years would have reached a hiatus by the time these sightings were recorded. Indeed, the Russian Sputnik satellite was in orbit by October 1957. But would that have satisfactorily explained all of the sightings listed here? Perhaps, it would be better to keep an open mind and adopt the Shakespearean attitude that there are more things in heaven and earth, than are dreamt of in our philosophies. (Gerald Richards)
Going round the bend - Cardiff Road
Going round the bend - Cardiff Road (2013424)
Going round the bend! Cardiff Road: towards Blaengwawr; a monkey-puzzle tree in the background on the left, and the mountains of Abercwmboi beyond. (Gerald Richards)
Abercwmboi Without Trees
Abercwmboi Without Trees (2013118)
(Cynon Valley Rem)
Pen-Y-Fan with snow
Pen-Y-Fan with snow (2013038)
Jeff and the Lads
Jeff and the Lads (2013037)
up the Mountains (Jeff Bull)
Jeff & Jason
Jeff & Jason (2013036)
Jeff Bull and Jason Reeves at Pen-Y-Fan trig point, that mountain can turn nasty (as you can see) in a few minutes, dress for the occasion spare set of clothes in your back pack food & water-whistle-torch,Map of the area & compass- mobile phone charged up, let someone know where and when you are going, and give them a copy of your 'bad weather route and an approximate time of when to expect you back home.... (Jeff Bull)