GLOOM-laden Britain has a new glimmer of hope — even if it is only the days getting longer by a minute or two.
Today’s solstice marked the shortest day of the year and the official start of winter.
But it also means more daylight is on its way, gradually building up until March 21, which will usher in the spring.
Some 100 colourful Pagan revellers, braving howling winds and driving rain, gathered at dawn at Stonehenge for a socially distanced celebration.
Senior druid King Arthur Pendragon said: “It’s a time of change and hope is renewed — the same message really from a Pagan perspective as from a Christian perspective.
“That’s what this season is all about — a message of hope.’’
More than 300,000 people watched a live stream from the historic site in Wiltshire — but the bad weather meant viewers saw little more than dark clouds and an occasional bird.
Yet English Heritage posted a sunshine emoji on its Facebook page, saying: “Happy winter solstice from Stonehenge.
“Longer days are coming.’’
Despite the clouds, there was a determination to carry on — with brave swimmers even taking a dip on the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh.
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