Crowds Mark Summer Solstice at Britain's Ancient Stonehenge

Crowds Mark Summer Solstice at Britain's Ancient Stonehenge


LONDON (AP) – Thousands of druids, pagans and New Age revelers greeted the summer solstice at Stonehenge on Tuesday, the longest day of the northern hemisphere year.

Wiltshire Police said about 6,000 people gathered at the ancient stone circle in southern England to watch the sun rise at 4:49 a.m. (0349GMT) on a clear, crisp morning.

Police said the atmosphere was “convivial” and there were only two arrests – one for assault and one for drug possession.

It was the first time revelers have been permitted to gather for the solstice since 2019. The sunrise was streamed online in 2020 and 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Stonehenge was built between 5,000 and 3,500 years ago on a windswept plain in southwest

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