Remember the ’67 UFO student hoax?By Mike Pyle
December 16, 2008
Do you remember the day aliens landed in Winkfield?
Historian John Keeling is asking that question as he writes a book about an “alien invasion” in 1967.
Christopher Lever, then a City gent from Winkfield, found a suspect silver saucer in the paddock at his home, Nyewood House, on September 4, 1967.
Unbeknown to Lever, who has since been made a Knight of the Realm for his services to conservation, five other similar crafts were found around the country – sparking fears of an alien invasion.
Some of the devices bleeped when they were touched, others emitted a foul-smelling liquid.
People were so scared of the objects, the army was called to blow them up.
But the saucer in Winkfield did not beep or ooze any liquid – so people were less scared of it, said John.
He said: “There used to be a satellite tracking station nearby so Christopher contacted them.
“They passed it to their station engineer Roger Kenyon, who thought the best part of valour was to stand at a distance and throw pennies at it – he thought it might blow up or angry little green men might emerge!
“When he ran out of change he went closer. Eventually the police were called and officers from Bracknell came and took the saucer to the station in Ascot.”
Gradually information filtered out across the country and it became clear the saucers were a hoax by engineer apprentices at the Royal Aircraft Establishment in Farnborough.
John is writing a book about the incident which made headlines worldwide.
He said: “I’ve never found any of the police or journalists involved with the Winkfield saucer.”
The Winkfield saucer was the only one not to be destroyed. Police gave it back to the students who sold it.
If anyone remembers anything from that day, contact John on (01376) 570652 or email@example.com.