Seeing in the Solstice

Stonehenge this morning
Revellers at Stonehenge this morning Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Poor weather could not dampen the spirits of 14,500 people at Stonehenge at dawn this morning.

The annual pagan celebration of the sun, on the longest day of the year, centred on the famous prehistoric monument where the event was marked with religious ceremonies.

Hugging the stones at Stonehenge Credit: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP/Press Association Images

The solstice annually attracts an eclectic mix and among the druids, revellers and sun worshippers were those just curious to experience the spiritual event on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire.

English Heritage opened up the stone circle yesterday evening ready to welcome those making the pilgrimage.

Heavy rain overnight reduced the number of people who camped out or arrived early to witness the dawn compared with previous years, which have seen numbers of around 20,000.

The sunrise came at 4.52am and was welcomed by rain-sodden crowds with a loud cheer and applause.


Soggy 'sunrise' for Stonehenge

Thousands of people have travelled to Stonehenge to celebrate the Summer Solstice.