Morning the district stood still for eclipse

Birds eye view: A pigeon perched on a tree watching the eclipse in Carters Park, Holbeach. SG200315-107TW
Birds eye view: A pigeon perched on a tree watching the eclipse in Carters Park, Holbeach. SG200315-107TW
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It was the morning South Holland stood still for just a few minutes as a partial solar eclipse darkened our skies.

People spilled out of Spalding town centre shops and offices on Friday to watch the historic event.

Photographers gathered on the riverbank – some with cameras, some with mobile phones – to capture the scene high above St Mary and St Nicolas Church.

In Market Place and Hall Place, shopworkers watched the event through pinholes in pieces of card or paper and shoppers turned their eyes and their mobiles to the sky.

Ben Coaton was one of the spectators along the riverbank in Spalding.

As the skies over Spalding darkened and the eclipse reached its peak 90 per cent at around 9.35am, he said he remembered the one in 1999 when he was in the army in Dorset.

He said: “It was very spectacular. The birds started singing then, when it went dark, they stopped, and as soon as it got light they started again. We have two mornings today.

“Today’s might not have been so spectacular but I am expecially excited because I can share this one with my wife.

“One of my life goals is to see the next eclipse in 2090. I’ll be 109 then!”

Abigail Grogan said: “I saw it in 1999 and it’s amazing to be seeing it again.”

However, not everyone was impressed by the spectacle.

On Facebook, where residents posted pictures, Hayley Williamson said: “My mate Jack Stoner thinks it was rather disappointing and asked me when the next one is!”