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Tens of thousands gather at Britain's Stonehenge for solstice at dawn on Saturday
A reveler called Mad Alan (real name) celebrates the 2014 summer solstice, the longest day of the year, at sunrise at the prehistoric monument Stonehenge, near Amesbury in Southern England, on June 21, 2014. The festival, which dates back thousands of years, celebrates the longest day of the year when the sun is at its maximum elevation. Modern druids and people gather at the landmark Stonehenge every year to see the sun rise on the first morning of summer. AFP PHOTO / GEOFF CADDICK.
LONDON (AFP).- Druids and pagans were among the nearly 40,000 people who gathered at Britain's ancient Stonehenge monument to hail the summer solstice at dawn on Saturday.

Police said they arrested 25 people, mostly for drug offences, during the all-night celebration to mark the longest day of the year.

"We are pleased that the solstice celebrations have been enjoyable events for the majority of people attending," said a police spokesman.

The 5,000-year-old stones stand between nine and 18 feet (three and six metres) high and are arranged in concentric circles.

Historians estimate they were erected sometime between 3000 BC and 1600 BC.

The monument became a World Heritage Site in 1986 and despite years of research and study, the reason behind its construction remains a mystery.


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