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Plenty of sunshine for the summer solstice

by - ITV Weather Presenter

Plenty of sunshine for the longest day of the year - just a little cloud around but staying bright.

The cloud across Scotland and Northern Ireland will break up to leave a better afternoon.

In the sunshine it'll be 19-20C in the north, 25C in the south, so a little warmer than of late - but cooler by the coasts.

Thousands witness sunrise at Stonehenge

An estimated 37,000 people saw the sun rise at Stonehenge on the longest day in the calendar.

Sun rises at Stonehnge this morning Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The Summer Solstice has a long tradition of attracting people to monuments such as Stonehenge, where people gather to witness the dawn.

Tens of thousands of people gathered at the site to witness the sunrise. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

25 people have been arrested at Stonehenge overnight, police said. Officers with Wiltshire Police said the arrests were largely for drugs-related offences.

The sun rises above the horizon as dawn breaks behind the stones at Stonehenge Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

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Crowds welcome Summer at dawn at Stonehenge

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Stonehenge this morning to mark the Summer Solstice at the dawn of the longest day of the year.

The ancient site has been a place of worship and celebration at the time of Summer Solstice since the prehistoric time.

25 arrests at Stonehenge 'mainly for drug offences'

Police arrested 25 people at Stonehenge overnight after an estimated 37,000 people saw the sun rise on the longest day in the calendar.

Officers with Wiltshire Police said the arrests were largely for drugs-related offences.

The Summer Solstice has a long tradition of attracting people to monuments such as Stonehenge, off the A303, where latter-day Druids gather to witness the sun rising on the longest day.

A police spokesman said: "We are pleased that the Solstice celebrations at Stonehenge and Avebury have been enjoyable events for the majority of people attending.

"There were 25 arrests at Stonehenge and two at Avebury which were mainly for drug-related offences."

Crowds gather at stone circles for Summer Solstice

Crowds have gathered at the ancient stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury in Wiltshire to celebrate sunrise on the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer.

Revellers take part in incantations as they prepare to welcome in summer at Stonehenge in Wiltshire. Credit: Reuters
A woman takes a selfie as the sun comes up. Credit: Reuters
Revellers arrived at sunset on Friday night. Credit: Reuters

Rock 'n' roll: Stonehenge may have been a giant xylophone

The prehistoric monument Stonehenge may have been built as a giant xylophone, researchers have claimed. The Royal College of Art spent months tapping more than 1,000 types of rock to study the monument's musical qualities.

Most rocks produced a "dull thud" while the bluestones, which formed the earliest stone circle, were found to "sing" when struck. The rocks made a range of metallic sounds like bells, gongs and tin drums, the study confirmed.

Stonehenge may have been a giant xylophone Credit: PA

Paul Devereux, who led the study with Jon Wozencroftfrom, said: “We have had percussionists up here who have been able to actually get proper tunes out of the rocks. This is real rock music.”

This unique sonic nature could explain why neolithic men dragged the huge stones 200 miles from the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire, to Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire more than 4,000 years ago to build Stonehenge.

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Reconstructed face of Neolithic man at Stonehenge

The exhibition will be the first to explain Stonehenge to visitors, with 250 prehistoric objects - many unseen before - on loan from various collections.

One highlight is the most advanced forensic reconstruction of an early Neolithic man's face, based on a 5,500-year-old skeleton buried in a long barrow 1.5 miles from Stonehenge.

A Neolithic skeleton and reconstructed head on display at the new visitor centre.
A Neolithic skeleton and reconstructed head on display at the new visitor centre. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Two rare 14th century manuscripts, including some of the earliest drawings of the monument, Roman coins and jewellery are also on display

Virtual tour of stones opened at Stonehenge centre

The £27 million project to modernise facilities at Stonehenge will finally open after decades of planning.
The £27 million project to modernise facilities at Stonehenge will finally open after decades of planning. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The new facilities are housed in a pair of single-storey "pods", sitting beneath an undulating canopy that mimics the rolling plains nearby.

Further work to decommission the existing facilities, built in 1968, and returning the car park to grass will start in the New Year.

The new visitor centre.
The new visitor centre. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

There is a 360-degree Stand in the Stones experience, using state-of-the-art laser scans, to allow visitors to experience summer and winter solstices.

Young visitors experience the virtual tour of the stones.
Young visitors experience the virtual tour of the stones. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire
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Stonehenge revamp unveiled

Visitors to the historic site will be allowed inside a special exhibition Credit: PA

The much-anticipated new Stonehenge exhibition will open tomorrow, giving visitors a special exhibition surrounding the story of the historical monuments.

The transformation comes as part of an English Heritage £27 million project to enhance the visitor experience of the iconic site.

A 360-degree virtual experience will allow visitors to 'stand in the stones' where they can be transported back in time with the stones.

Dr Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage, said:

"At last, visitors to Stonehenge will be able to get a sense of the people who built this monument, of their lives, their deaths and their ceremonies. Visitors will learn the astonishing history of the stones and will see objects, many never seen before, that will bring the stones to life."

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