Just after 12.11, the actual moment of the winter solstice, my son and I found ourselves on top of Glastonbury Tor with a group of happy, excited people. We hadn't set out to be there. We were in the town and saw huge crowds gathering on the Tor, so walked up to find out what was happening. One of the things I love about Glastonbury is the variety of brightly coloured, floaty clothes (Tolkien would call it raiment) warn by a variety of brightly coloured, floaty people. As we ascended we realised what was happening - of course, the Winter Solstice. There was music, there were drums, there was chanting, there was dancing, there was a log fire in a portable hearth. And the sun shone over the flooded Somerset levels. Not a bad place to be at the end of the world, as my son noted. Forgive my poor phone videos which give some idea.
High Table Lower Orders in which Maloney played the Dean. Otherwise I would have embarassed my son by telling Michael about it. I did compliment him on In the bleak midwinter.