Sunday, June 22, 2008

Thousands celebrate solstice at Stonehenge

Up to 30,000 people gathered at Stonehenge in Wiltshire on Saturday to celebrate the summer solstice. Druids, hippies and sun-worshippers were among those who gathered to watch the sun rise at the ancient stone circle at 03:58 GMT [04:58 local time] on the longest day of the year. The rainy conditions obscured the sunrise but it failed to dampen spirits. The turnout was still the highest in five years and despite 17 arrests overnight for public order offences, police said the event was largely peaceful. However there has been criticism following the large amount of rubbish left surrounding the ancient monument [BBC / pictures / Sky News / ITN / CNN / Green & Garden].

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