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UFOs turn out to be Chinese lanterns

Swindon Advertiser: Ernest and Anita Lane Ernest and Anita Lane

THE mystery surrounding some of the strange lights hovering above Swindon has been solved.

The glowing orbs seen hovering above Stratton on February 22 were in fact 40 Chinese lanterns released in memory of tragic Gary Lane who died after being in collision with a car in Ermin Street in October last year.

Gary would have been 24 on Monday last week and with that in mind 40 of his friends and family gathered at his home to release the lanterns to mark the occasion.

Mum Anita Lane said: “We bought the lanterns on the internet and decided to release them for his birthday.

“When I opened the Adver to see that people thought they were UFOs, I thought I better let everyone know the truth.”

After the lantern release, Gary’s mum, dad Ernest and sisters Sarah, Joanne, Christine and Tracey joined friends in The Dockle Farmhouse where they toasted his memory.

“We wanted to do something special for Gary because his birthday would have been a big event normally,” said Anita, 56.

“His loss doesn’t get any easier to bear but it’s occasions like this that we can show everyone that we’re missing him and remember him.”

Gary was killed on October 2 last year when he was hit by a pizza delivery vehicle just minutes from his home.

A plaque now sits nestled in the verge where he lost his life, a reminder to all that he is remembered.

“It’s hard knowing your son died so close to home,” said Anita. “We all have to drive past the spot for one reason or another.

“But the fact that I still see Gary’s friends all the time and they still come over and listen to his music, it keeps him here.”

Gary had a troubled adolescence as a heroin addict but in the last four and a half years of his life had turned his life around to become a respected and much loved member of the community.

“I am thankful for one thing,” said Anita. “And that’s having the chance to have the real Gary back with us for those four wonderful years before he was taken.

“So many people have told me that they are better human beings for having known my son and that fills me with great pride.”

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11:33am Mon 2 Mar 09

EmmBee says...

Shouldn't this be "UFOs turn out to be Chinese lanterns AGAIN" ?
Shouldn't this be "UFOs turn out to be Chinese lanterns AGAIN" ? EmmBee
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12:01pm Mon 2 Mar 09

Always Grumpy says...

I thought it was obvious to everyone, but apparently not to the numerous numpties who thought they were UFO's. It just goes to show how many stupid people there are!
I thought it was obvious to everyone, but apparently not to the numerous numpties who thought they were UFO's. It just goes to show how many stupid people there are! Always Grumpy
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12:15pm Mon 2 Mar 09

Jock Strap says...

Always Grumpy wrote:
I thought it was obvious to everyone, but apparently not to the numerous numpties who thought they were UFO's. It just goes to show how many stupid people there are!
Well Grumps -we know that in Swindon stupid people are in abundance - you've only got to access the Coate saga to see that! What is even more galling is the Lane family who as well as having to cope with the loss of their son also have to explain to these numpties that their so-called sightings of UFO's were no more than a tribute to their son.
[quote][p][bold]Always Grumpy[/bold] wrote: I thought it was obvious to everyone, but apparently not to the numerous numpties who thought they were UFO's. It just goes to show how many stupid people there are![/p][/quote]Well Grumps -we know that in Swindon stupid people are in abundance - you've only got to access the Coate saga to see that! What is even more galling is the Lane family who as well as having to cope with the loss of their son also have to explain to these numpties that their so-called sightings of UFO's were no more than a tribute to their son. Jock Strap
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12:21pm Mon 2 Mar 09

Jock Strap says...

PS - Hayley Court scratching around for a story - the fact that these were not UFO's was pointed out to the Adver at the time they first carried the story by, if I recall correctly, a member of Gary's family -so for HC to once more re-hash the tale suggests another slow news day at Adver Towers.
PS - Hayley Court scratching around for a story - the fact that these were not UFO's was pointed out to the Adver at the time they first carried the story by, if I recall correctly, a member of Gary's family -so for HC to once more re-hash the tale suggests another slow news day at Adver Towers. Jock Strap
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12:35pm Mon 2 Mar 09

Berry_Bassett says...

Jock Strap wrote:
PS - Hayley Court scratching around for a story - the fact that these were not UFO's was pointed out to the Adver at the time they first carried the story by, if I recall correctly, a member of Gary's family -so for HC to once more re-hash the tale suggests another slow news day at Adver Towers.
I could not agree more.

Next we will be getting another story on Melinda or Robbie, we havent had one for a couple of days now - whats going on?
[quote][p][bold]Jock Strap[/bold] wrote: PS - Hayley Court scratching around for a story - the fact that these were not UFO's was pointed out to the Adver at the time they first carried the story by, if I recall correctly, a member of Gary's family -so for HC to once more re-hash the tale suggests another slow news day at Adver Towers.[/p][/quote]I could not agree more. Next we will be getting another story on Melinda or Robbie, we havent had one for a couple of days now - whats going on? Berry_Bassett
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1:01pm Mon 2 Mar 09

Jock Strap says...

Berry_Bassett wrote:
Jock Strap wrote: PS - Hayley Court scratching around for a story - the fact that these were not UFO's was pointed out to the Adver at the time they first carried the story by, if I recall correctly, a member of Gary's family -so for HC to once more re-hash the tale suggests another slow news day at Adver Towers.
I could not agree more. Next we will be getting another story on Melinda or Robbie, we havent had one for a couple of days now - whats going on?
Now come on BB be fair - its only monday - I'm sure we'll get some celeb news soon -we must be due a Billie P story soon - it's wonder we haven't had the full chapter & verse on the result of "come dine with me " Swindon episode screened on C$ last night - mind you that was a laugh - still plenty of time yet -watch this space!
[quote][p][bold]Berry_Bassett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jock Strap[/bold] wrote: PS - Hayley Court scratching around for a story - the fact that these were not UFO's was pointed out to the Adver at the time they first carried the story by, if I recall correctly, a member of Gary's family -so for HC to once more re-hash the tale suggests another slow news day at Adver Towers.[/p][/quote]I could not agree more. Next we will be getting another story on Melinda or Robbie, we havent had one for a couple of days now - whats going on? [/p][/quote]Now come on BB be fair - its only monday - I'm sure we'll get some celeb news soon -we must be due a Billie P story soon - it's wonder we haven't had the full chapter & verse on the result of "come dine with me " Swindon episode screened on C$ last night - mind you that was a laugh - still plenty of time yet -watch this space! Jock Strap
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2:10pm Mon 2 Mar 09

PeeveD says...

New story from the adver....
Robbie Williams was playing poker with his wannabe Wilkes in Stratton when he looked up and saw UFO's. He is thrilled that he move to "Swindon" after all.
He celebrated by popping up to the Copse to take the park 'n' ride into town before it was no more. After a couple of beers in the drinking utopia that is Fleet Street he took a stroll over to the area of natural beauty that is Coate. After a couple of hours in the elitist twitchers hide he signed the save Coate petition before heading off to save Honda.
Later that day he visited Melinda to console her over her recent loss.
Anne Snelgrove reported that Robbie had been round for tea and confessed to her that he had only returned to England because of the wonderful economy and had told her that he intended voting for Brown if and when the next election was held!
Before retiring for the night he attended a baby shower in honour of Billies new kid on the block

Or possibly not!!
New story from the adver.... Robbie Williams was playing poker with his wannabe Wilkes in Stratton when he looked up and saw UFO's. He is thrilled that he move to "Swindon" after all. He celebrated by popping up to the Copse to take the park 'n' ride into town before it was no more. After a couple of beers in the drinking utopia that is Fleet Street he took a stroll over to the area of natural beauty that is Coate. After a couple of hours in the elitist twitchers hide he signed the save Coate petition before heading off to save Honda. Later that day he visited Melinda to console her over her recent loss. Anne Snelgrove reported that Robbie had been round for tea and confessed to her that he had only returned to England because of the wonderful economy and had told her that he intended voting for Brown if and when the next election was held! Before retiring for the night he attended a baby shower in honour of Billies new kid on the block Or possibly not!! PeeveD
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3:43pm Mon 2 Mar 09

Always Grumpy says...

PeeveD wrote:
New story from the adver....
Robbie Williams was playing poker with his wannabe Wilkes in Stratton when he looked up and saw UFO's. He is thrilled that he move to "Swindon" after all.
He celebrated by popping up to the Copse to take the park 'n' ride into town before it was no more. After a couple of beers in the drinking utopia that is Fleet Street he took a stroll over to the area of natural beauty that is Coate. After a couple of hours in the elitist twitchers hide he signed the save Coate petition before heading off to save Honda.
Later that day he visited Melinda to console her over her recent loss.
Anne Snelgrove reported that Robbie had been round for tea and confessed to her that he had only returned to England because of the wonderful economy and had told her that he intended voting for Brown if and when the next election was held!
Before retiring for the night he attended a baby shower in honour of Billies new kid on the block

Or possibly not!!
Well, I believe every word of it!
[quote][p][bold]PeeveD[/bold] wrote: New story from the adver.... Robbie Williams was playing poker with his wannabe Wilkes in Stratton when he looked up and saw UFO's. He is thrilled that he move to "Swindon" after all. He celebrated by popping up to the Copse to take the park 'n' ride into town before it was no more. After a couple of beers in the drinking utopia that is Fleet Street he took a stroll over to the area of natural beauty that is Coate. After a couple of hours in the elitist twitchers hide he signed the save Coate petition before heading off to save Honda. Later that day he visited Melinda to console her over her recent loss. Anne Snelgrove reported that Robbie had been round for tea and confessed to her that he had only returned to England because of the wonderful economy and had told her that he intended voting for Brown if and when the next election was held! Before retiring for the night he attended a baby shower in honour of Billies new kid on the block Or possibly not!![/p][/quote]Well, I believe every word of it! Always Grumpy
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3:48pm Mon 2 Mar 09

stevemac10 says...

whats adver response to the ufo i saw over park south in november last year? laterns cannot move the way i saw this light move not in a million years. ps i wasnt high
whats adver response to the ufo i saw over park south in november last year? laterns cannot move the way i saw this light move not in a million years. ps i wasnt high stevemac10
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4:32pm Mon 2 Mar 09

RF1 says...

Hayley has clearly picked up the tripe baton that James Grimandi has inadvertently dropped......
Hayley has clearly picked up the tripe baton that James Grimandi has inadvertently dropped...... RF1
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6:22pm Mon 2 Mar 09

PeeGee says...

From the original thread:

"Dinomite, Swindon says...
4:55pm Fri 27 Feb 09
Having watched these 'lights' last night for over 45 minutes, I can safely say they are not something that can be dississed easily, if at all. They were not planes, helicopters, satelites, torch beams, lasers, baloons, floating lanterns, a planet, star, comet, meteor, radio controlled spy plane, military aircraft, or anything else that I could readily think of to explain the way in which they moved (having studied Astronomy at Uni, I know what is unusual). Over 10 of us wathed this sight (plus loads more that we know of as far as away as Malmesberry when we spoke to the Police). So wake up Swindon... this is the real X-Files and not some staged event. These things moved like lightening, dancing around in the sky, turning in sharp moves, they were silent and this happened right above our heads in Abbey Meads. We have reported it to Swindon UFO Research to investigate further. As far as I am concerned this is the the type of event that is recorded as the 5% that cannot be accounted for, so please leave out the silly stuff and lets look for scientific reasons here."

Okay mate.

From the original thread: "Dinomite, Swindon says... 4:55pm Fri 27 Feb 09 Having watched these 'lights' last night for over 45 minutes, I can safely say they are not something that can be dississed easily, if at all. They were not planes, helicopters, satelites, torch beams, lasers, baloons, floating lanterns, a planet, star, comet, meteor, radio controlled spy plane, military aircraft, or anything else that I could readily think of to explain the way in which they moved (having studied Astronomy at Uni, I know what is unusual). Over 10 of us wathed this sight (plus loads more that we know of as far as away as Malmesberry when we spoke to the Police). So wake up Swindon... this is the real X-Files and not some staged event. These things moved like lightening, dancing around in the sky, turning in sharp moves, they were silent and this happened right above our heads in Abbey Meads. We have reported it to Swindon UFO Research to investigate further. As far as I am concerned this is the the type of event that is recorded as the 5% that cannot be accounted for, so please leave out the silly stuff and lets look for scientific reasons here." Okay mate. PeeGee
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6:25pm Mon 2 Mar 09

tarot says...

stevemac10 wrote:
whats adver response to the ufo i saw over park south in november last year? laterns cannot move the way i saw this light move not in a million years. ps i wasnt high
That would be the police helicopter.
[quote][p][bold]stevemac10[/bold] wrote: whats adver response to the ufo i saw over park south in november last year? laterns cannot move the way i saw this light move not in a million years. ps i wasnt high [/p][/quote]That would be the police helicopter. tarot
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6:26pm Mon 2 Mar 09

tarot says...

It's a regular about these parts.
It's a regular about these parts. tarot
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10:52am Tue 3 Mar 09

Jock Strap says...

tarot wrote:
stevemac10 wrote: whats adver response to the ufo i saw over park south in november last year? laterns cannot move the way i saw this light move not in a million years. ps i wasnt high
That would be the police helicopter.
Ouch!! Razor sharp -tarot! Funny too! -:))
[quote][p][bold]tarot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevemac10[/bold] wrote: whats adver response to the ufo i saw over park south in november last year? laterns cannot move the way i saw this light move not in a million years. ps i wasnt high [/p][/quote]That would be the police helicopter.[/p][/quote]Ouch!! Razor sharp -tarot! Funny too! -:)) Jock Strap
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