Friday, 25 June 2010
20,000 gathered at Stonehenge for solstice - 2010
Thousands flocked to Stonehenge this morning to celebrate the solstice, with the sun visible for the first time in recent years.
The solstice annually attracts an eclectic mix - Druids, hippies, sun worshippers and those who are curious to experience the ancient festival.
Nearly 20,000 people attended the event, with 15 arrests overnight for minor public disorder, a Wiltshire Police spokesman said.
As the sun rose at 0452, a cheer went up from those gathered overnight at the stone circle on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire.
The crowds were treated to clear views of the sunrise - previous years have seen the spectacle obscured by mist and cloud.
Last year a record 36,500 revellers attended, causing traffic chaos and road closures.
It was announced last week that £10 million of funding for a proposed visitor centre at the prehistoric site has been axed, putting the plans on hold indefinitely.
Stonehenge Tour Guide