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Summer solstice 2017: Stonehenge crowds as sun rises – BBC News

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About 13,000 people watched the sunup at Stonehenge on Wednesday morning, on a long time period of the year.

The sun rose at the historical monument in Wiltshire at 04:52 BST.

English Heritage opens the website up every year for the solstice, making people a rare chance to get up close to the monument.

Armed police were on patrol, and extra security measures were put in place following the recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.

Wiltshire Police said here event passed peacefully, but that there existed seven “mostly drug-related” arrests.

“This was a successful policing functioning with only seven arrests, and we are glad that attendees were able to enjoy the celebrations in a friendly and positive manner as they waited for the sunrise, ” told Supt Dave Minty.

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Those visiting were not allowed access if they had brought pets, sleeping bags and duvets, barbecues or camping equipment.

The flying of drones and remote-controlled aircraft was likewise banned all over the monument.

The site’s general manager, Jennifer Davies, said she was “delighted” so many people celebrated the longest day of the year at Stonehenge.

“This year we had extra security arrangements in place and we’d like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding with these, ” she added.

More than a million people per year flock to the neolithic site, built more than 4,000 years ago.

It is thought ancient Britons constructed the massive tombstone as a religion website, to investigate and celebrate the movements of the sunshine and moon, or as a place of burial or healing.

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The summer and winter solstices comprise particular significance for Gentile.

The summer solstice is celebrated as a “time of plenty and celebration”, according to the Pagan Federation, while the winter solstice is deemed even more important because it marks the “re-birth” of the sunshine for the new year.

This year, armed police were on patrol near to the website, to “reassure” guests in the wake of the most recent terror attacks.

The Pagan Federation said it “sadly accepted” the need for such security measures.

David Spofforth from the organisation said it was “very sad” that armed police were necessary.

“I am not mentioning I am welcoming this, I sadly accept it, ” he said.

English Heritage said it hoped this year’s solstice festival would be the “greenest solstice yet”, by encouraging people to either auto share or travel by public transport.

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Pictures from the Press Association.

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