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Stonehenge celebrates 100 years with life-sized inflatable and giant cake

The world heritage site is celebrating 100 years of government ownership Credit: PA

The Stonehenge monument in Wiltshire is celebrating its 100th year of public ownership by erecting a life-size, inflatable version of the site.

The world-renowned monument was previously owned by a local barrister, Cecil Chubb who bought a plot of land, which included the monument, at auction in 1915.

Three years later, Mr and Mrs Chubb decided to donate the land to the government, handing it over on 26th October 1918.

Since then, the public has worked to restored and preserved the site for future generations.

“In 1918 a lot the stones were propped up with wooden poles, were twisted out of shape.

“There was actually quite a lot of health and safety concerns for visitors walking amongst the stones.”

– Susan Greaney, Historian at English Heritage
Artist Jeremy Deller with his inflatable creation Credit: PA

“It means so many different things to so many different people.

“It’s an icon, people want to go and see it like they go and see the pyramids or the Great Wall of China.

“It’s also a World Heritage Site...it’s not just important locally to Wiltshire or nationally to Britain, but to the world as well.”

– Dr Heather Sebire, Conservator at English Heritage

Now the henge is a major tourist attraction, as well as hosting the Summer Solstice and Winter Solstice every year.

Over the weekend, artist Jeremy Deller is bringing the party with his bouncy castle version of the monument to the site for the very first time.

Our reporter, Robert Murphey, went along to the site in the first of our reports.

The celebrations are the culmination of months of work by English Heritage, which manages Stonehenge.

In part two of our report, Robert Murphey has been looking at what Stonehenge means to the people who visit.

Large crowds braved the cold on Friday to help celebrate the monument's centenary events.

Activities included a full-size bouncy castle replica of Stonehenge to entertain younger history enthusiasts.

A 6ft wide cake replica of Stonehenge - divided up into 2,300 slices - was cut by 100 year old Reenie Boyce who lives in Durrington in Sussex.