The Cumbrian UFOs return
- Source: "News and Star", (Cumbria)
Published on 16/08/2005
By Andrea Thompson
UFOLOGIST Chris Parr is writing a book on Cumbria's fascinating
UFO history as he seeks to resurrect interest in unexplained
aerial phenomena in the county.
The 39-year-old researcher has spent the last 12 years trying to
discover the truth about the numerous bizarre sightings which led
to Cumbria being known as a hotbed of UFO activity.
He was recently forced to the review the future of
Whitehaven-based British UFO Hunters (Bufoh) which he
co-ordinates, following a dramatic decline in sightings. In 2003
there were 60 reported sightings in Cumbria, but that fell to 40
in 2004 - and there have only been two so far this year.
But Chris is determined to keep alive what he calls "the UFO
dream" in Cumbria and has now teamed up with rival ufologist
Sharon Larkin, of the North West Cumbria UFO research and
investigations group. he hopes his book, which will also reveal
the bizarre adventures of British ufologists, will generate new
interest in UFOs locally and encourage a whole new generation of
skywatchers to come to the fore.
"Despite the lack of UFO sightings for Cumbria for 2005, the
state of British Ufology is alive and kicking," he said.
"Although media interest in the subject has waned over the last
couple of years and Cumbria has so far had a very quiet year,
this is by no means a reflection on the dedicated work of
ufologists throughout Britain who continue to monitor the skies
and network with the public and local media in order to acquire
"Ufology is a study that encompasses the whole field of
unidentified flying objects and not just "alien craft" which is
the usual image presented by the media."
Chris will be concentrating on his book after completing the
Cumbria UFO survey for 2005. It will focus on Cumbria's UFO
history and the bizarre adventures of British ufologists in their
quest for the truth. Sometimes the characters in Ufology are just
as fascinating as the UFO cases," he said.
In the meantime, he and his team at Bufoh will continue scanning
the skies above for evidence of unexplained aerial phenomena -
and hope others will come forward with reports of their
sightings. Anyone who spots a UFO can contact the British UFO
Hunters hotline on 01723 514700, while would-be X-Files agents
can check out the Great British UFO Show conference in Leeds on
October 1. It will feature a range of speakers and a selection of
the world's best UFO footage.