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Bride's shock over UFO reports

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The Ministry of Defence released details of UFO sightings last year

A bride-to-be has spoken of her shock after her engagement party led to reports of UFO sightings in her hometown of Coalisland, County Tyrone.

The sight of what is now known to have been sky lanterns is said to have left some residents "astounded", according to the (Dungannon) Democrat newspaper.

Bronwyn Gervin said she couldn't believe it when she was contacted by friends about the article.

"I was so shocked to see such a story," said the 26-year-old.

"I received text messages from numerous friends a couple of days after the event saying that there was a large picture in the Democrat of a mysterious sighting in Coalisland at around half eleven last Saturday night.

"The lanterns were lit in memory of our close family and friends that predeceased us."

Details of UFO sightings around the UK, including a number in Northern Ireland, were released by the Ministry of Defence last October.

One of the file details three unidentified flying objects near Belfast International Airport in December 1989 and January 1990.

Another related to a sighting over nearby Glenavy in 1989.

RAF Aldergrove said there were no fixed wing aircraft in the area at the time, but that two helicopters were in the vicinity within five minutes either side of the sighting.

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