Happy Mondays star Shaun Ryder has opened up about a Ufo encounter he experienced when he was 15, insisting he's still convinced he wasn't seeing things.

The Step On singer, who was a big part of Britain's 'Madchester' rave scene in the early 1990s, is an alien enthusiast and he'll front a new Tv show about Ufo sightings around the world.

Ryder insists he's the perfect person to host the series - because he knows exactly what it's like to come face to face with alien spaceships.

He has previously told how he encountered Ufos at least twice in his teens, and he has now opened up about one of the sightings, telling Britain's The Sun newspaper, "I was 15 years old and I was on my first job. I'd left school and I had a job as a messenger boy at the post office. It was about 6.30 in the morning - still dark but just coming light. I was coming to the bus stop and I saw this light in the sky.

"It looked like a ball of light that was just zooming about. It sort of hovered there, then it zoomed off. I was a pretty straight kid when I was 15 - there was no drink or drugs. So that's what really set me off thinking, knowing that there's definitely something out there."

He had a similar experience months later when he saw "hundreds of lights going across the sky", while waiting for a bus in Salford, England.