People spilled out of Spalding town centre shops and offices this morning to watch the solar eclipse.
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!”
Pupils at Weston Hills Primary School sent pictures in to us of them out in the playground for the historic event.
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