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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.