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Revellers mark solstice at Stonehenge

Posted on Friday, 22 June, 2012 | Comment icon 10 comments

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Crowds gathering at Stonehenge for this year's summer solstice were met with grey skies and rain.

Pagans, druids and other attendees were unable to see the sunrise directly this year due to the amount of cloud cover, however despite this and the terrible weather conditions the mood was generally positive. The ancient monument has been the site of solstice rituals for years with a giant 22ft steel statue called 'Ancestor' being set up for the occasion.

"It was wet, misty and muddy but there was an atmosphere that something really special was about to happen," said BBC reporter Will Walder. "Tambourines and drums were being played but then at 4:52 am people were looking from left to right to try to see the sun and had to resort to watches and mobile phones to mark the moment."

"Thousands of people have gathered at Stonehenge to celebrate the summer solstice despite overcast skies."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by spud the mackem on 22 June, 2012, 9:33
I guess the Druids missed it , shame , another year over and deeper in debt..
Comment icon #2 Posted by Darkwind on 22 June, 2012, 12:00
Thanks for posting the celebration at Stonehenge. I was going to go to one here, but it is too hot and buggy this time of year in Florida to play outside.
Comment icon #3 Posted by ChloeB on 22 June, 2012, 16:54
I was sunny here, but also started to rain and I looked up in the blue sky and there was a huge rainbow all the way across. I hadn't seen one in awhile and not one that big in forever. A cool thing to see on the solstice and gave me a good feeling.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Mr Walker on 23 June, 2012, 0:02
Wish I could have been there. It was a miserable winter's day here. Only about 15 degrees c and lots of rain . Wait a minute, doesn't sound much different there. It was the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere,right? Actually, having read the story I am glad i wasn't there. Modern people spoil such events. I would have liked to be there the day before or after and enjoy the site, history and atmosphere, as it was designed to be appreciated.
Comment icon #5 Posted by csspwns on 23 June, 2012, 1:13
what a bummer
Comment icon #6 Posted by sarah snow on 23 June, 2012, 4:19
Must admit, I was sad to see that there was (in my opinion) disrespect/thoughlessness in getting up and standing on the stones. (there's a photo here ) In 1999, when I was priveleged to be allowed in on a Solstice with a small Pagan group, it was, just magical. But we treated the site with respect, no clambering about on a World Heritage Site, acting like 5 year olds. You don't have to stand on top of anything, to appreciate the special nature of the site, or its energy. Sorry to sound like a stuffed shirt, but it is how I personally feel about it xx
Comment icon #7 Posted by DeathRain2012 on 7 July, 2012, 15:15
I would just throw down right there. huge peer pong tournament at stone henge.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Lookitisoneofthosepeople on 8 July, 2012, 6:16
As much as I agree with sarah snow, historical sites should not be desecrated but treated with respect, I also understand that people who want to party at these places are also looking for a sense of spirituality. They obviouslly had no great examples but the human body is such that it will bubble out in various forms, many more benign, but this is the eventual outcome so I won't condemn it harshly.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Super-Fly on 14 July, 2012, 16:57
meh, same old. wonder what its really for?

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