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Multiple Witnesses Observe Flying Saucer Above Road in 1955, UK
Date: July 17, 1955
Location: Bexley, UK
Margaret Fry spotted the object as she was making her way to her doctors surgery in King Harold's Way from her home in Hythe Avenue. Both she & her doctor, Dr. Thukarta, and around a dozen children playing in the street, saw the strange craft.
Mrs. Fry described it as saucer shaped with a blue/silver/grey/pewter texture, yet none of those colors. She said it had three spheres set into its base, one of which flopped out, landing on the ground at the junction of nearby Ashbourne and Whitfield roads.
Rodney Maynard, who was in his 60s and living in Belvedere, remembered the incident vividly.
He was 15 at the time and working as a labourer on the building site in nearby Streamway.
Mr Maynard said: "We were on our lunch break when we heard something was happening in King Harold's Way. So we went up there to have a look.
"This thing had landed in the road."
He added: "It took up the whole width of the road and overlapped onto the pavements.
"It wasn't on the ground. It had about eight massive suckers.
"The centre was still, but the outer rim was spinning slowly and it had white lights flashing, like a camera flash."
He said there were about 30 people watching it and they could hear it humming.
Mr Maynard recalled: "It had what looked like windows, but the glass was concave and moulded together so you could not see in.
"A couple of us went forward to try and touch it, and it began to spin faster."
He said the craft then lifted slowly, tilting lightly and hovered above their heads.
Then it moved slowly until it was over Bedonwell Primary School, where it hovered again for about a minute.
Mr Maynard said: "It shot up into the sky and disappeared."
He says his brother, who was 16 at the time, also saw it.
Mr Maynard says the craft was "black, sleek and streamlined, with a surface like polished metal".
He added: "It was very fine and beautiful. It wasn't a prank."
Mr Maynard said he had never forgotten the experience but did not talk about it because "people would think you were barmy".
He said he and his friends used to talk about it among themselves, "but our mums kept telling us we had not seen anything".
Mrs Fry, now in her late 70s, now lives in Abergele in north Wales.
She relives the experience in her book entitled Who Are They? and gives details of other UFO sightings in the Bexley and Kent areas.
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