The strange events of March 30, 1993, have remained in Darren Perks’ mind ever since and have yet to be explained – even by one of the world’s leading UFO experts.
It was approximately 11pm when the then 16-year-old was walking home from his part-time job at a local bowling alley on Harlescott Lane.
He caught sight of a slow moving structured object floating from left to right across the sky.
Darren, now 32, from Herongate, recalls seeing a black triangle shape, about the size of a small aeroplane which blocked out the stars, complete with a white light moving back and forth as if it was searching for something.
He could hear nothing but a very low humming sound and all of a sudden the craft shot off and left the area.
That night and early the next morning more than 200 people across the UK reportedly witnessed the same thing, including military police at RAF Cosford and a MET officer at RAF Shawbury.
The phenomenon was also witnessed in parts of Ireland, northern France and Europe.
Now Darren, who is a member of the Shrewsbury-based UFO research and investigation unit, has featured in the History Channel’s second offering of Ancient Aliens with Nick Pope, one of the world’s leading experts on UFOs, the unexplained and conspiracy theories.
Mr Pope also used to run the British government’s UFO Project and recommended that the MOD and the US authorities investigate further the March 1993 incident.
Together the pair will feature in the programme to be aired worldwide on December 30.
Filming took place recently in the Rendelshem Forest where the United States Air Force personnel witnessed a UFO in 1980, and at RAF Cosford and RAF Shawbury where Darren retold his experience.
Darren has already made a name for himself in Australia after featuring in a programme called Sunday Night on Channel 7 last year.
“I’ve had a big interest in aircraft since I was a small child,” said Darren.
“During filming we talked about incidents all over the country and covered my witness statements to the 1993 incident.
“I’m in contact with the production company in Los Angeles all the time and I’m looking forward to the programme being aired. It will definitely put Shropshire on the map for recognised hot spots for UFO sightings.
“At the UFO research and investigation unit we get hundreds of UFO sightings in Shropshire and Mid Wales every day. It’s hard to keep up with them sometimes. There are a lot of sightings confused with Chinese lanterns. What we’re really interested in are sightings of structured crafts and groups of lights some bigger than others.
He added: “I 100 per cent believe that UFO and extraterrestrials are with us constantly and it is only a matter of time until it is fact.”
The UFO research and investigation unit members meet once a month and use specialist technology to keep watch on the night sky including infra-red cameras.
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By Charlotte Hester