THE quality and quantity of sightings of UFOs in South Devon attracted a group of American visitors with a professional interest in such sightings.
The five had been on a tour of France and came on a one-day visit to Torquay from Paris.
Three of the five are professional astrologer/mystics and the group had delayed their return to the United States especially to visit Torquay resident Roy Dutton.
They had heard of the book written by Roy, a retired professional aerospace engineer and who has researched strange aerial craft.
Roy, who lives at Watcombe Park, began studying unexplained aircraft sightings in the 1960s.
He says that with his professional knowledge of aircraft and spacecraft he quickly established the craft described by witnesses were not made by man.
He says his analytical studies eventually led him to discover the craft were following established rules of engagement with the Earth, so their activities could be anticipated, even predicted.
These discoveries became encapsulated in an astronautical theory for UFO events, featured in his book UFOs in Reality.
The five Americans had heard about the book and wanted to meet him.
The group visited Babbacombe Downs and Cockington Village and were struck by Torbay's natural environment and views.