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Around 5,000 mark Winter Solstice

People played drums and musical instruments to see in the Winter Solstice Credit: ITV News

Organisers say around 5,000 people attended Stonehenge to celebrate the Winter Solstice.

Despite the adverse weather, the rain cleared before everyone arrived at the stones - but the wind persisted.

Throughout the celebrations attendees spoke of the importance of people "coming together" to mark the occasion.

5,000 expected for winter solstice at Stonehenge

Last year's winter solstice celebrations at Stonehenge Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Druids and pagans are expected to be among thousands of people travelling to Stonehenge this morning to witness the sunrise on the shortest day of the year.

Last year, hundreds dressed in medieval clothing to celebrate the solstice, which marks the latest dawn and the point when the sun is at its lowest point in the sky.

The sun will rise over Stonehenge in Wiltshire at 8.04am this morning and English Heritage, which looks after the prehistoric monument, says it expects 5,000 people to attend the celebrations.

Ozzy Osbourne filming at Stonehenge for TV series

Heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack have been out filming in the West Country. The reality TV star Tweeted about his visit to the ancient monument. It is believed the pair are making a TV series in the region but they have not said exactly what is involved.

Jack described the day as "getting our history lesson on".

The Osbournes were also spotted filming on Portland - they dropped into a local stone company while they were there.


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Stonehenge named one of the world's top destinations

Stonehenge has been rated one of the world's must-sees. Credit: English Heritage/PA Wire

Stonehenge has been rated one of the 500 best places to visit in the world.

Travel guide Lonely Planet has put Wiltshire's towering ancient monument at number 62. The number one spot was taken by the temples of Angkor in Cambodia.

The Ultimate Travelist is being published today, and has a reputation as a dream to-do list for many travellers.

30,000 expected at Stonehenge for Summer Solstice

30,000 expected at Stonehenge for Summer Solstice Credit: PA

Around thirty thousand people are making their way to Stonehenge this evening to celebrate the annual summer solstice.

One of the largest numbers of people will be gathering overnight due to good weather and the event falling on the weekend.

Police are asking visitors to enjoy themselves - within the law.

The officer in charge, Supt Gavin Williams says his approach will be open and friendly - but robust - in the face of any troublemakers.

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