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Summer solstice 2017: Stonehenge crowds as sun rises

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    Summer solstice at StonehengeImage copyright PA

    About 13,000 people watched the sunrise at Stonehenge on Wednesday morning, on the longest day of the year.

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

    English Heritage opens the site up every year for the solstice, giving 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.

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

    Summer solstice at StonehengeImage copyright PA
    Image caption Crowds began forming before sunrise at the ancient site
    Summer solstice at StonehengeImage copyright PA
    Image caption Some visitors danced and drummed as they joined in the celebrations
    Summer solstice at StonehengeImage copyright PA
    Image caption Police said seven people were arrested
    Summer solstice at StonehengeImage copyright PA
    Summer solstice at StonehengeImage copyright PA
    Image caption The sun rises behind the Heel Stone, the entrance to the Stone Circle from The Avenue
    Summer solstice at StonehengeImage copyright PA
    Summer solstice at StonehengeImage copyright PA
    Summer solstice at StonehengeImage copyright PA
    View the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-40352528

    Pictures from the Press Association.

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