WEATHER CASTS SHADOW ON ECLIPSE

Visitors stay away in droves as cloud cover predicted...

Only one in nine of the expected millions of visitors arrived in the West Country over the weekend to view Wednesday’s eclipse, with festival organisers shrugging off reports of poor ticket sales and the prospect of a smaller than expected walk-up crowd when the music gets underway.

An AA spokesman told nme.com that roads to Devon and Cornwall were comparatively quiet over the weekend.

“The people who have gone down seem to have heeded our advice and travelled early in the morning or overnight,” she said. ” The roads were not markedly busier than any other weekend at this time of year.”

The Met Office predict cloud there when the eclipse takes place on Wednesday morning, leaving people in London and the South East with the best view, though they will only be able to see 90 per cent as opposed to the total eclipse that will be seen – at least above cloud level – on the West Coast.

nme.com will be bringing you reports from the eclipse festivals all week; click back for more soon.

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