UFO investigators head for hotspot to hold conference

FOR anyone in the know, it has become the place to see if the truth really is out there.

Now some of the world's leading experts on unidentified flying objects will descend on North Yorkshire after the county emerged as Britain's hotspot for sightings.

UFO investigators will be in Scarborough for a two-day conference which aims to unearth new evidence and establish if there really is extra-terrestrial life.

The event will be staged at the seaside resort's Spa conferencing centre on Thursday, October 29 and Friday, October 30, and has been organised by North Yorkshire-based UFO investigator Russ Kellett.

Mr Kellett, who lives in Filey, said: "The conference is about getting people together to have an informed debate on the subject. We will be showing exclusive footage of sightings, but we also want people to come forward with their own experiences.

"There is an awful lot of events that have not been explained adequately by the authorities, and we want to give people the chance to discuss their own sightings with UFO experts.

"It is not to say that there are little green men who have landed on earth, but I truly believe that we are not alone in the universe."

Among the guest speakers who are due to appear are the Flying Saucer Review editor, Harry Challenger, as well as Glen Steckling, the president of the Adamski Foundation, established in 1965 to provide scientific proof of extra-terrestrials.

Abduction investigator Hilary Porter, the co-founder of the British Earth and Aerial Mysteries Society, and a London-based UFO expert, Roy Hale, are also due to speak at the conference.

Nationally, the public's fascination with UFOs has dwindled since the mid-1990s peak that coincided with the huge popularity of the United States TV sci-fi drama, The X Files. However, interest has reignited recently after some of Britain's biggest celebrity names, including singer Robbie Williams, have expressed a fascination with UFOs. Celebrity couple Katie Price and Peter Andre claimed earlier this year that they saw a UFO while filming their latest TV series in the US.

Mr Kellett has experienced his own taste of the unexplained, including a bizarre close encounter at a railway crossing in Yorkshire 21 years ago.

He was left with raw, red scarring on his hands, neck and face after he saw a bright light hovering above as he waited on his motorbike at the crossing near Keighley in 1988.

Since then he has spent up to 15 hours each week scanning the skies above Yorkshire in the hope of capturing evidence of UFO activity on his video camera.

North Yorkshire has emerged as a hotspot for UFO sightings in recent years, and Mr Kellett has had more than 70 reports of UFOs in the county in the first four months of 2009 alone.

Tickets for the Flying Saucers Have Landed conference are available on each day for 12. Booking forms to buy 10 advance tickets are available by writing to Flying Saucer Review, PO Box 585, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 1YJ.