Early risers in Northumberland were treated to a fabulous sunrise 24 hours before we welcomed the shortest day of the year.
It was so spectacular that many readers grabbed their cameras and mobile phones to record the solar display. Attached is a slideshow of some of them.
Today (December 22) marks the winter solstice, which, in the northern hemisphere, is the day with the fewest daylight hours.
The shortest day of the year lasts for 7 hours 49 minutes and 41 seconds in Britain, which is 8 hours, 49 minutes shorter than on the summer solstice.
From now on, days will start to lengthen.
The winter solstice often falls on December 21, but the solar year of 365.2422 days does not synchronise exactly with the modern calendar of 365 days a year - with an extra day in a leap year every four years. Rarely, the solstice can fall on December 20 or 23 - it last fell on December 23 in 1903 and will not happen again until 2303.