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Thousands gather at Stonehenge for winter solstice

Around 4,500 people gathered at Stonehenge for the annual winter solstice, with a further 100,000 watching the event online.






Around 4,500 people gathered at Stonehenge for the annual winter solstice, with a further 100,000 watching the event online.

Marking the “re-birth” of the sun for the new year in the pagan calendar, English Heritage said an “unprecedented” number of people turned up for the event, which allows visitors to stand within the stones themselves when they are normally roped off.

“It was an enjoyable and peaceful celebration despite the damp and misty weather and it was great to see so many families enjoying themselves around the monument,” said Scott Ashman, head of historic properties for Stonehenge.

Following the solstice, days in the northern hemisphere will now get longer in terms of sunlight.

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Thousands gather at Stonehenge for winter solstice

Around 4,500 people gathered at Stonehenge for the annual winter solstice, with a further 100,000 watching the event online.






Around 4,500 people gathered at Stonehenge for the annual winter solstice, with a further 100,000 watching the event online.

Marking the “re-birth” of the sun for the new year in the pagan calendar, English Heritage said an “unprecedented” number of people turned up for the event, which allows visitors to stand within the stones themselves when they are normally roped off.

“It was an enjoyable and peaceful celebration despite the damp and misty weather and it was great to see so many families enjoying themselves around the monument,” said Scott Ashman, head of historic properties for Stonehenge.

Following the solstice, days in the northern hemisphere will now get longer in terms of sunlight.

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