I saw something once when I was about 9 living in Sunderland. Bascially it was a bright orange circle. As I looked out of my bedroom window (roughly looking west) this thing was right in front of me and over the old airport. This was a private airport so it certainly wasn't a commercial flight. Also, it was never used at night, the whole complex being lokked up long before dark. It stayed in the same position for about fifteen minutes. Some clouds flew by and, when the clouds moved away a few minutes later, it wasn't there.
Initially, despite wanting desperately for it to be a UFO, I put it down to the moon with some odd atmospheric conditions making the moon a funny colour.
However, there was a tiny report in the local rag a few days later or a woman who'd seen the same thing. Didn't really change my view until a while later when my dad thought about it more carefully. As inidcated, I was looking roughly west. The report came from a woman who, coinidentally, was driving roughly east. About five miles from where I was. The report from that woman indicated that the "object" was further east than my location. The upshot is that she was looking at this from one side and I was looking at it from the other. Meaning it was between us and therefore could not have been the moon!