OK - explain this
Many years ago (a little over 40?) I was cycling home one night about midnight from, if I remember rightly, a Mayor's Charity Function.
I was stone cold sober - I don't drink. The road (and the entire area) was well lit in low pressure orange sodium light.
Getting on for a mile to the north was a block of flats in the middle of a small low rise council housing estate, farmland behind that.
Above and I think possibly behind the block of flats, some way above it, I saw a neon red evenly illuminated circular disk, falling slowly.
There was no sound. The disk could have been spherical, but all I could see was a disk. At the time I guessed that, if it was as far away as the flats it would be some 30 - 40 feet in diameter. At the time I got the impression that it was further away. It certainly wasn't nearer. As I approached northwards (remember I was getting on for a mile away) I had a clear view. I watched for getting on for a minute or so and then deliberately looked down for a good few seconds. (was I seeing things?) When I looked up again the thing was still there, it appeared to be on the same trajectory. It suddenly disappeared, and reappeared a couple of seconds later as two smaller circular disks / spheres, still on the same trajectory. A few seconds later both disappeared, just as suddenly, and did not reappear. They had not fallen behind any obstruction. That was it.
My original impression was of spheres, but when I thought about what I had seen I realised that that was assumption - 2d object(s) just seemed implausible.
Now I mention the lp sodium street lighting because these things were clearly a neon red, so it could not have been reflected light. The illumination was very even.
My route took me to the left out of sight of scene, to traffic lights over the A12. I backtracked to a road skirting the farmland on the far side of the flats and estate. All calm, horses in field calm etc. Went home to bed and sleep.
I was not that tired, was cycling, so wide awake. I am not prone to seeing things. My first thought was some kind of balloon, but why so evenly illuminated, and how could a balloon disappear and then reappear as 2 balloons?
Weather was good.
No other reports in the news etc. But it was late.
I've never forgotten the event and I'd dearly like to know what I saw. I'm not a "UFO freak".
Anyone any ideas?