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More than 10,000 gather at Stonehenge to witness Summer solstice sunrise

Credit: English Heritage

More than ten thousand people gathered at Stonehenge to witness the sun rise for the summer solstice.

Approximately 13,000 people descended on the neolithic monument in Wiltshire to watch the sun rise at 4.52am - up from 12,000 last year.

Jennifer Davies, English Heritage's general manager of Stonehenge, said they were "delighted" that so many of all ages came to celebrate the longest day of the year.

We'd like to thank everybody who helped to make it another memorable and good-natured occasion and we look forward to seeing them again next year.

We are pleased with how the celebrations have gone.

Summer solstice at Stonehenge is a major operation and we couldn't do it without our partners, especially Wiltshire Police and Wiltshire Council."

– Jennifer Davies, English Heritage's general manager of Stonehenge
Credit: English Heritage

Stonehenge is believed to have been used as an important religious site by early Britons 4,000 years ago. Pagan celebrations at the site began in the 20th century.