Traveller's tales

Monday, May 22, 2006

UFOs and bomb threats

Cairo Mill in Waterhead, on the outskirts of Oldham, once a cotton mill, but more recently the home of an electronics giant, must have been in the sights of several interested groups while I worked there as an engineer in the 70s.

One of the night-watchmen is reported to have seen a 30 foot circular object hovering above his hut in the middle of the night.

Inevitably, there was talk that perhaps he had had one too many before coming on his shift. Nevertheless, reports of this sighting does appear in the literature on such things, so maybe old Fred did see something that night after all.

In the year or so that I worked there, the whole factory had to be evacuated several times. Apparently, threats were made, and taken seriously enough to warrant us downing tools and slouching onto the car park to be counted, like so many children at a school fire-drill.

In the event, nothing happened, we were allowed back in, and all was forgotten, until the next time. I have never heard of anything happening there since. There have been no return visits from extra-terrestials, or at any rate we haven't noticed any, and events in Northern Ireland are now happily much more stable than they were in those days.

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