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Thousands travel to Stonehenge for the summer solstice

Thousands of people have travelled to Stonehenge to witness the beginning of the summer solstice.

About 12,000 watched the sun rise behind the Heel Stone - the ancient entrance to the Stone Circle from the ceremonial avenue - at 4.52am.

Stonehenge is an ancient prehistoric site which has been a place of worship and celebration at the time of Summer Solstice for thousands of years, according to English Heritage.

About 12,000 people made their way to Stonehenge for the summer solstice. Credit: Andrew Matthews / PA Wire
In the northern hemisphere, summer solstice takes place between June 20 and 22. Credit: Andrew Matthews / PA Wire
The solstice happens when the tilt of Earth's axis is most inclined towards the sun. Credit: Andrew Matthews / PA Wire
The sun rose behind the Heel Stone, the ancient entrance to the Stone Circle. Credit: Andrew Matthews / PA Wire
People touched the Heel Stone after they saw in the new dawn. Credit: Andrew Matthews / PA Wire