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UK Peak District Earthlights Radio Slot

From: David Clarke <crazydiamonds@compuserve.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 15:49:45 -0400
Fwd Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 02:52:23 -0400
Subject: UK Peak District Earthlights Radio Slot

Britain's first interactive Skywatch Website was featured on the
prestigious BBC Radio 4 news programme "Today" on 20 April.

The Haunted Valley site - which is dedicated to the study of
mystery light phenomena in the Dark Peak mountains of Derbyshire
- was launched local researcher Debbie Fair two weeks ago.

Sunday April 18 saw the site's first online Skywatch, with the
camera watching the skies above Pike Naze moor and the Devil's
Elbow, but unfortunately heavy snow spoiled play!

The site has attracted much media interest from across the world
and for once the scientific study of UFO and light phenomena has
been given in-depth and sober coverage in a news programme on
prime-time radio. Longdendale Valley was chosen for the study
because of its long history of sightings of "spooklight"
phenomena which have been documented for several centuries. Both
traditional accounts of balls and beams of light on the craggy
gritstone rocks and barren moors, and direct eyewitness accounts
in recent years have contributed to the unsolved mystery. Dozens
of local people, including Peak Park rangers, police and even
Mountain rescue teams have witnessed these phenomena.

Website creator Debbie Fair was interviewed by reporter Roger
Harriban, on the Radio 4 programme which included contributions

Dr David Clarke, of the Folklore Studies Department, University
of Sheffield, discussing the traditions of light phenomena
dating back several centuries;

Paul Devereux (author of 'Earthlights') on the background to
earthquake lights and role played by geological faulting and
seismic stress in the production of light phenomena; and

Dr Roger Musson, senior seismologist at the British Geological
Survey, Edinburgh, underlining the fact that scientists now
broadly accepted that seismic stress can produce "lights in the

The programme has already brought forth a flood of inquiries for
follow-up features in national and local magazines and

The success of the website demonstrates that UFO/light phenomena
can be taken seriously by science and hopefully one day will
produce direct evidence to substantiate the existence of these
exotic - and earthly phenomena - in this part of the Peak

Visit the Longdendale Lights at

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