Spooky UFO files show schoolkids’ eerie drawings after 1977 ‘alien encounter’

Children’s drawings released by the Ministry of Defence have revealed spooky images of a so-called ‘alien encounter’, hinting at a sighting like something out of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Drawn by pupils at Upton Priory School in Cheshire, the pictures were released as part of the files from the MoD’s UFO desk before it closed down in 2009.

The file reveals that in October 1977 10 children had spotted a mysterious object hovering in the trees while out on their lunchtime break.

They told a teacher Mrs Hindmarsh, describing that they had seen a mysterious object floating in the trees, which then vanished into the sky.

Their teacher then told them to each draw what they had seen separately from each other, using coloured pencils and crayons.

The results were so eerie that she then passed on the dossier to Cheshire police, and from there it found its way to the UFO Desk at the Ministry of Defence.

In a covering letter, a police officer described “a remarkable similarity in the sketches with regard to the UFO and its location between two trees”.

Dr. David Clarke, a former journalist and lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, helped to transfer the files into the public domain between 2009 and 2013.

He told CheshireLive : "When I opened this particular one, it struck me as more interesting than the usual, because it was full of all these crayon drawings by these schoolkids from Macclesfield.

"I suppose kids say all kinds of things about things they've seen in playgrounds but the teacher must have thought this was something to be taken seriously and sat them down to get them to draw what they had seen independently.

"Then because the drawings were so similar she actually gathered them together and took them to the police station in Macclesfield.

"Then this copper had written a report about this and sent it to air traffic control in Manchester to see if they had anything on the radar.

"Then this dossier ended up being sent to the Ministry of Defence in London and passed to the UFO desk. It really is quite something."

The drawings also feature in Dr. Clarke’s book UFO Drawings form the National Archives, published in 2017.

Dr. Clarke said: "The Macclesfield case was one of the ones I selected to go in the book because the images are just so amazing.”

He also speculated that the children may have been inspired by the popularity of science fiction at the time

The 53-year-old added: "1977 was a big year because that's when Star Wars was released. I remember really clearly at the time being really into space and science fiction.

"Then Close Encounters of a Third Kind was out the following year and Dr Who was very popular at the time.

"There could have been something there that might have inspired them to see this."

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