– Tim Reeve, English Heritage
It is also important to ensure we keep dignity for the stones, and that the solstice celebrations aren't in some way compromising the mystery and integrity of the stones.
Stonehenge was raised more than 4,000 years ago as a temple to the sun, and its banks and ditches are even older.
It was begun around 3,000BC in the Neolithic period and construction activities continued until about 1600BC in the Bronze Age. It is aligned with the rising and setting of the sun at the solstices, but its exact purpose remains a mystery.