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Summer Solstice Stonehenge shakedown

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Summer Solstice Stonehenge shakedown

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Tens of thousands of revellers have gathered at the ancient Stonehenge monument in Britain to celebrate the coming of the northern hemisphere’s longest day. The all-night Summer Solstice festivities reached a climax when the sun rose above the stone; the first rays peeked through a few minutes before 5.00 am this morning.

Peter Carson, English Heritage site Director, explaining the importance of the monument, said: “The reason Stonehenge is so special is that it is an ancient monument. It’s been in existence for more than 5,000 years. The alignment of the stone circle means when the sun rises, you can see it rise along the line of the ancient processional way.” The pagan order of Druids place great importance on Stonehenge. They believe it was the centre of spiritualism more than 2,000 years ago.