VIDEO - Solar eclipse over Sleaford: Who turned the lights out in town?

The much awaited solar eclipse occurred over Sleaford this morning from 9.30-9.45am.

The lights didn’t completely go out but the town certainly went a bit dim as birds flew home to roost, confused by the light and everyone in schools got out their telecopses and homemade eclipse viewers to see the first event of its kind since 1999.

Solar eclipse viewed via a telescope. EMN-150320-113547001

Solar eclipse viewed via a telescope. EMN-150320-113547001

Kesteven and Sleaford High School headteacher Craig Booker said: “We have had the whole school out here this morning - all 800 from the sixth form to year sevens.

“For most people here it will not happen again in their lifetime so we thought it important to experience it as a whole community.”

He said they had been viewing it with eveyrthing from colanders to cereal boxes and scientific equipment. The science department were measuring the drop and rise in temperature.”

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Science teacher Ady Collier demonstrates how to view the solar eclipse to students at Kesteven and Sleaford High School EMN-150320-113558001

Science teacher Ady Collier demonstrates how to view the solar eclipse to students at Kesteven and Sleaford High School EMN-150320-113558001

Kesteven and Sleaford High School year seven students using their home made solar eclipse viewers. From left - Lucy Kinnersley, Daniella Jorge, Holly King, Hazel Hall and Lucy Hubbert. EMN-150320-113525001

Kesteven and Sleaford High School year seven students using their home made solar eclipse viewers. From left - Lucy Kinnersley, Daniella Jorge, Holly King, Hazel Hall and Lucy Hubbert. EMN-150320-113525001

Birds settle down to roost on roofs in Sleaford as the sun is obscured. EMN-150320-113536001

Birds settle down to roost on roofs in Sleaford as the sun is obscured. EMN-150320-113536001