Thousands of revellers gathered at Stonehenge in the early hours yesterday to watch dawn break on the longest day of the year.
The summer solstice attracts an eclectic mix – druids, hippies, sun worshippers and those who are simply curious to experience the ancient festival. Nearly 20,000 people attended the event, and a spokesman for Wiltshire Police said there were 15 arrests for minor public order offences.
As the sun rose at 4.52am, a cheer went up from those gathered overnight at the stone circle on Salisbury Plain. The crowds were treated to clear views of the sunrise – whearea previous years have seen the spectacle obscured by mist and cloud.
Last year a record 36,500 people attended, causing traffic chaos and road closures. It was announced last week that £10m of funding for a proposed visitor centre at the prehistoric site had been axed by the Government, putting the plans on hold indefinitely.