21 Jun '11, 12pm

Pictures: Neo-pagans, druids and curious visitors at Stonehenge for solstice

Pictures: Neo-pagans, druids and curious visitors at Stonehenge for solstice

Revellers celebrate the pagan festival of 'Summer Solstice' at Stonehenge in Wiltshire in southern England, on June 21, 2011. -- PHOTO: AFP LONDON - A DAMP overcast morning has failed to deter thousands of people gathered at Stonehenge to celebrate the summer solstice. Around 18,000 neo-pagans, new agers and curious visitors gathered on Tuesday in heavy rain to watch the sun rise over the ancient stone circle on the Salisbury Plain about 80 miles (130km) south-west of London. The celebrations are a modern twist on solstice celebrations that were a highlight of the pre-Christian calendar. Police say the event was good natured but 20 people were arrested for drug and public disorder offences. Stonehenge was built in three phases between 3000 BC and 1600 BC It is one of Britain's most popular tourist attractions with over 850,000 visitors a year. -- AP Photo gallery Compiled ...

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