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In Pictures: England in 2005

Sheep in the snow on the Pennines in February

The year in England started with wintry weather as heavy snow left these sheep on the Pennines between Yorkshire and Lancashire searching for food and shelter.

The Lords takes on the Commons in the annual parliamentary pancake race

Lord Drayson completes his leg in the annual Shrove Tuesday pancake race between the House of Commons and the House of Lords on College Green. The Lords' team won.

Participants in Gloucestershire's annual cheese rolling competition tumble down the hill

The annual cheese rolling contest in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, saw people tumble down the steep slope of Cooper's Hill in May, chasing a Double Gloucester cheese.

A reveller leaps from the top of Stonehenge during summer solstice celebrations

A reveller leaps from the top of Stonehenge as crowds gather before sunrise to mark the summer solstice on 21 June.

A flash of lightning in a storm in Dorset in June, photographed by BBC News website user Andy Clayton

A spectacular late-night storm in Dorset in June was captured in a number of dramatic photographs including this one taken by BBC News website user Andy Clayton.

A dog admires one of artist Antony Gormley's sculptures on a Merseyside beach

Artist Antony Gormley's work Another Place comprised 100 life-size naked figures on Crosby Beach on Merseyside.

The number 30 bus blown up in Tavistock Square, London, on 7 July

A bomb on a number 30 bus in Tavistock Square on 7 July killed 13 people plus the bomber. Four suicide bombers killed 52 people in attacks on the London Underground and this bus.

Houses damaged by a tornado in Birmingham

A tornado struck the Sparkbrook area of Birmingham in July, felling trees and damaging dozens of houses.

Cricket fans celebrate with the England team after a series victory over Australia brought home the Ashes

Trafalgar Square was home to several high-profile public celebrations during 2005 including the festivities to mark England's cricketers recapturing the Ashes.

Fireworks light up the sky during a re-enactment of the Battle of Trafalgar

The 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar was celebrated with a re-enactment of the battle in the Solent. Tall ship the Grand Turk played the part of HMS Victory.

A huge plume of black smoke comes from the Buncefield oil dept in Hertfordshire after an explosion

A huge blackened plume of smoke could be seen from miles away after a series of explosions caused a massive fire at the Buncefield fuel depot in Hertfordshire in December.



SEE ALSO
Pancake Day already?
08 Feb 05 |  Magazine
Three hurt in cheese rolling race
30 May 05 |  Gloucestershire
Crowds head to ancient Stonehenge
21 Jun 05 |  Wiltshire
Gormley unveils seaside artwork
01 Jul 05 |  Merseyside
Tornado is 'worst for 25 years'
29 Jul 05 |  West Midlands
Fans hail England's Ashes heroes
13 Sep 05 |  Ashes 2005



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