The eye-catching solar eclipse was for at least one generation the first glimpse of one of the truly great spectacles of our solar system.
ITV News correspondent Damon Green joined children at one school in Bury:
Children were not allowed out of their classrooms. One parent was furious and is demanding an explanation.
Millions turned their eyes towards the sky as it darkened around the world to reveal a spectacular lunar phenomenon.
A near-total eclipse of the sun has begun, but cloud cover across much of London is disappointing many.