IN PICTURES: Your images of the eclipse from Bute

Thick, low cloud prevented Bute seeing Friday’s partial solar eclipse at its best - but that didn’t stop readers of The Buteman getting out their cameras and snapping as much of the rare event as they could.

Among them were members and friends of Bute Astronomical Society, who gathered at the Esplanade gardens to watch an event which won’t happen to a similar extent in Britain until 2090.

A brief break in the cloud cover over Bute allowed us to take this snap of the partial solar eclipse on Friday, March 20, 2015.

A brief break in the cloud cover over Bute allowed us to take this snap of the partial solar eclipse on Friday, March 20, 2015.

Unfortunately at the time of the 95 per cent eclipse - just after 9.30am - the cloud cover over Bute refused to part, although for those watching the event out of doors the skies darkened, slightly but noticeably, and the temperature briefly dropped, while street lights came on in Ardbeg and also across Rothesay Bay at the NATO refuelling point near the mouth of Loch Striven.

A few minutes later a brief, and decidedly partial, break in the clouds enabled a glimpse of the Moon covering most of the Sun for no more than 30 seconds, before the biggest solar eclipse in the UK since 1999 passed quickly into history.

The slideshow above features the pics you’ve sent in to The Buteman of the event - many thanks to all who got in touch!