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Red sky in the morning – musicians mark winter solstice

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Musicians greeted the winter solstice sunrise this morning.

Marking the shortest day of the year, members of The Stroud Red Band played on the prehistoric Toots long barrow which sits on the ancient escarpment of Selsley Common.

Up early were Mark Coldrick (drum), Karen Coldrick (trumpet), Rab Kettlety (trombone), Julia Berg (tenor sax), Jeremy Green (trumpet), Jenny Kempson (euphonium) and Jane Opher (flute), accompanied by Bilbo the dog.

The sun rose at 8.13am in Stroud, setting at 4pm, marking the shortest day with just seven hours 47 minutes and 12 seconds of daylight.

The Stroud Red Band is an extension of the London Big Red Band, which has been in existence since the 1980s. They play music from the heritage of the labour, socialist and international solidarity movements, and can be regularly seen playing at demonstrations, marches and benefits.

Photographs Simon Pizzey

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