Stonehenge Summer Solstice 2009

Record crowds converged upon Stonehenge this weekend to await the June 21 sunrise. More than 35,000 people, however, were disappointed when the sun failed to burn through the clouds and early morning mists. Nevertheless, neo-Druids chanted, Wiccan priestesses prayed, Morris men danced, and music abounded throughout the night. Somehow, a few even managed to fall asleep.  At 4:58 AM, the crowd cheered and danced en masse through and around the sacred stones to celebrate the longest day of the year and to welcome summer. With only 37 arrests, the event was peaceful, as it should be.

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