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Over 9,000 people gather at Britain's ancient Stonehenge to greet longest day of the year

Reuters

Wrapped in jackets and blankets, thousands of people gathered at Britain’s Stonehenge for the summer solstice, watching the sun rise over the Neolithic monument and welcoming the longest day of the year.

Revellers of all ages, including druids and pagans performing rituals, clapped and cheered as the sun rose at 4:52 a.m. British Summer Time on Thursday over the prehistoric site made up of huge standing stones in the southwest county of Wiltshire.

Some sang or beat drums while others performed yoga.

Each year, thousands of people arrive at the henge for the occasion, and this year around 9,500 people were present according to Wiltshire police.

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