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Corrie's hotpot queen Betty Driver claimed she had two close encounters with flying saucers.

Fearing ridicule the star, who played Rovers cook Betty Turpin, mentioned it to nobody – except a UFO expert.

She said a ball of light hovered near the house she shared with sister Freda in Didsbury, Manchester, in 1977.

Freda saw it first then Betty, who starred in Corrie for 42 years, watched as the UFO “shot up” into the sky.

Freda told John Hanson, a UFO hunter and ex-CID officer: “I saw this large circular yellow ‘ball of light’.

“It had a slightly misty halo around it. After about 15 minutes, I summoned up the courage to venture outside. As soon as our three boxer dogs saw the UFO, they ran back inside and hid under the table. We began to feel frightened and went back inside the house.

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Category: Weird Desk