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.
“After five minutes or so, it shot up into the sky and disappeared.”
In 1978, the sisters said they saw another strange object, near Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
They claimed the UFO followed their car for 20 miles.
Mr Hanson has published their accounts in his book Haunted Skies: The Encyclopaedia of British UFOs.
He said: “Freda and Betty decided to keep quiet, fearing ridicule.
A week after he sent Betty a copy of the book in 2011, she died aged 91.
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