Clouds almost put a dampener on solar eclipse

Local nursery and schoolchildren and their parents watch the solar eclipse at Olive's Cafe at Whitley Bay Metro Station (left to right) Carole Little, Debra Little and Valerie Trousdale. 'REF 2003150740
Local nursery and schoolchildren and their parents watch the solar eclipse at Olive's Cafe at Whitley Bay Metro Station (left to right) Carole Little, Debra Little and Valerie Trousdale. 'REF 2003150740

Most of the borough came to a standstill last Friday for the first solar eclipse this century – although cloudy skies nearly put a dampener on things.

For nearly an hour, residents looked to the skies to see the first partial solar eclipse since 1999, with the next one not due until 2026.

Some were unable to see much due to low cloud cover while others struck lucky as the cloud broke at just the right time.

Events took place around North Tyneside to mark the occasion.

Olives at the Station, based at Whitley Bay Metro station, held a special event in their cafe for local children.

Special glasses were provided to the youngsters from playgroups and nursery glasses to watch the eclipse, while drinks and snacks were also provided.

Elsewhere, Langley First School, in Monkseaton, marked the end of Science Week with a special workshop learning about solar eclipses before making their own pin hole cameras to catch a glimpse of the eclipse.