Huge crowds flock to Stonehenge for summer solstice celebrations

Huge crowds gathered to watch the sun rise on the longest day of the year (Picture: SWNS/Rex)

Thousands have gathered for this year’s summer solstice, with a huge celebration held at Stonehenge.

The event, which marks the longest day of the year, has been disrupted for three years due to the pandemic.

Mist rolled through the ancient stone circle this morning and slightly shielded the sun as it rose, but the hazy conditions didn’t dampen the crowd’s spirits.

Traditional pagan ceremonies were held and people played music to help pass the time until sunrise.

As groups huddled on the grass near the stones, many more were watching the proceedings online through a livestream.

English Heritage say they had 100,000 people virtually watch last night’s sunset, with 50,000 people waking up early to catch this morning’s sunrise.

Many of those returning home from Stonehenge will rely on the roads – with disruption already building up on the A303 – as national rail strikes hinder travel.

People gather at sunrise to take part in the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge in Wiltshire (Picture: PA)

Revellers, in traditional dress, gather to sing following the special sunrise (Picture: EPA)

Huge crowds were able to gather after years of disruption due to the pandemic (Picture: PA)

Two men were arrested following the celebrations and remain in police custody.

A 49-year-old man from the London area was arrested on suspicion of common assault, while a 41-year-old man from Trowbridge was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A and Class B drugs.

Wiltshire Police officers said the sun ‘was there’ but a ‘bit hidden’ at Stonehenge today.

Superintendent Phil Staynings said: ‘This year’s Summer Solstice – the first one celebrated as a public gathering at Stonehenge in three years – has been a success on …read more

Source:: Metro News

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