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Thousands converged on Stonehenge to celebrate summer solstice

Associated Press

June 21, 2007

STONEHENGE, England -- Thousands of modern-day druids, pagans and partygoers converged on Stonehenge early Thursday to cheer the dawn of the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere -- the summer solstice.

Clad in antlers, black cloaks and oak leaves, a group gathered at the Heel stone -- a twisted, pockmarked pillar at the edge of the prehistoric monument -- to welcome the rising sun as revellers danced and yelled.

An estimated 20,000 people gathered at the stone circle in Wiltshire, in southwestern England. Dancers writhed to the sound of drums and whistles as floodlights coloured the ancient pillars shades of pink and purple and couples snuggled under plastic sheets.

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