Over 6,000 people celebrated the Summer Solstice sunrise at Stonehenge this morning (21st June 222).
A further 170,000 people from around the world tuned in to watch the sunset and sunrise via live stream.
The chilly morning saw a misty but atmospheric sunrise which was greeted with drumming and cheers from all those who came to Stonehenge to celebrate this important point in the calendar.
Nichola Tasker, English Heritage’s Director of Stonehenge, said, “Celebrating Summer Solstice is one of the highlights of the year at Stonehenge and we’re so delighted to have been able to welcome people back this year and also to live stream the occasion to thousands of people right around the world. Wherever you are, it’s a great opportunity for friends and families to come together to mark the longest day of the year, as people have done for thousands of years.
“There was a warm, friendly atmosphere throughout, and everybody enjoyed a beautiful sunset and dawn.
“Summer Solstice at Stonehenge is a major operation and we couldn’t do it without the support of our partners, especially Wiltshire Police and Wiltshire Council. We look forward to welcoming people to the Summer Solstice again next year.”
Those who weren’t awake this morning to enjoy the sunrise at Stonehenge can watch the film of the livestream sunrise on the English Heritage social media channels.