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Tens of thousands gather at Britain’s Stonehenge for solstice

Druids and pagans were among the nearly 40,000 people who gathered at Britain’s ancient Stonehenge monument to hail the summer solstice at dawn on Saturday.

A modern druid named Merlin stands as the sun rises at the prehistoric monument Stonehenge, near Amesbury in Southern England, on Saturday

A modern druid named Merlin stands as the sun rises at the prehistoric monument Stonehenge, near Amesbury in Southern England, on Saturday

Police said they arrested 25 people, mostly for drug offences, during the all-night celebration to mark the longest day of the year.

“We are pleased that the solstice celebrations have been enjoyable events for the majority of people attending,” said a police spokesman.

A reveller called Mad Alan (real name) celebrates the 2014 summer solstice, the longest day of the year, at the prehistoric monument Stonehenge

A reveller called Mad Alan (real name) celebrates the 2014 summer solstice, the longest day of the year, at the prehistoric monument Stonehenge

The 5,000-year-old stones stand between three and six metres high and are arranged in concentric circles.

Historians estimate they were erected sometime between 3000 BC and 1600 BC.

The monument became a World Heritage Site in 1986 and despite years of research and study, the reason behind its construction remains a mystery.

Revellers perform yoga as they celebrate the summer solstice on Salisbury Plain, in southern England on Saturday.

Revellers dressed in Aztec costume celebrate the summer solstice on Salisbury Plain in southern England on Saturday.

Source: AFP

 

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