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Woodbridge: Close encounter conference promises UFO truths

PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 November 2011 | UPDATED: 15:46 23 November 2011

Col. Charles Halt (left) and Tsgt Jim Penniston at RAF Bentwaters.

Col. Charles Halt (left) and Tsgt Jim Penniston at RAF Bentwaters.

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THE main players in an unsolved paranormal saga are set to return to the scene of a 30 year mystery.

The infamous Rendlesham UFO incident has become the stuff of legend, dividing sceptics and believers worldwide since December 1980, when strange lights were seen by US airmen at RAF Bentwaters and Woodbridge.

Last December, Woodbridge Community Hall hosted the 30th anniversary Rendlesham Forest UFO conference, followed this September by a forum for local witnesses to share their tales.

Now, organisers of both events are inviting back past speakers and introducing more characters to the debate for another conference next June, including Colonel Charles Halt, former Deputy Base Commander and subject of the fabled Halt Tape, on which the Colonel and his patrol are heard investigating the forest sighting.

For the first time since the notorious incident, he will be joined Sergeant Monroe Nevels, who can also be heard on the famous tape operating a Geiger counter at the investigation scene.

Former US airman Larry Warren will join old colleagues John Burroughs and Jim Penniston, returning with their accounts of events and presenting the “most comprehensive and accurate overview of the incident”.

Also appearing is Peter Robbins, co-author of Left at East Gate: A First-Hand Account of the Rendlesham Forest UFO Incident, Its Cover-Up and Investigation.

Another special guest on the night will be Travis Walton, an American logger who vanished in Arizona for five days in 1975 and returned claiming he had been abducted by a UFO. His story remains one of the best-known cases of alleged alien abduction.

Organiser Gordon Goodger promises new evidence will be revealed at the two day conference on June 16 and 17. He said: “This event is nothing short of historic. John and Jim will be back in Woodbridge to present world exclusive findings of their recent investigations.

“Charles Halt will deliver a talk on the events of December 1980 and, for the first time ever together since those actual events, will appear with Monroe Nevels.

“Travis Walton will tell the amazing story of being abducted by extraterrestrials and held captive for five days. His appearance is an extremely rare opportunity to hear first-hand the inside details of one of the most thrilling UFO abduction cases in history.

“Larry Warren is recognised as the Rendlesham Forest UFO incident whistle-blower and the one who first got this story out.”

Weekend tickets, costing £40 each, can be booked by sending a stamped addressed envelope with payment by cheque or postal order to Mr G Goodger, 108 Spring Road, Ipswich, IP4 2RR. Paypal payments of £40, plus £2 to cover costs, should be sent to paypal@spaceportuk.com. For more information call 07811 021230 or 01473 423143, email info@spaceportuk or visit www.spaceportuk.com/events.html.

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