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40 000 gather at Stonehenge for solstice

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London - 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.

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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 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. - Sapa-AFP

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