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25 June 2004
Thousands celebrate solstice at Stonehenge

The longest day of the year - the summer solstice - was celebrated at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, by 19,000 people. A mix of druids and members of the general public made the annual pilgrimage to Salisbury Plain, where the revelry lasted through the night until the sun rose over the Heel Stone just before 5:00 am.
     Despite the numbers involved, a police spokesman said just 11 people were arrested, mainly for minor drink and drug offences. A cloudy sky may have resulted in the drop in numbers from last year's record of 28,000.
     Although the site is open all year round, the solstice celebrations afford people the rare opportunity to touch the massive stones and walk among them.

Source: Reuters (21 June 2004)

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