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Stonehenge solstice celebrations called off – report

Restrictions on public gatherings mean the traditional event cannot take place.

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The sun rises between the stones and over crowds at Stonehenge where people gather to celebrate the dawn of the longest day in the UK (Ben Birchall/PA)

The sun rises between the stones and over crowds at Stonehenge where people gather to celebrate the dawn of the longest day in the UK (Ben Birchall/PA)

The sun rises between the stones and over crowds at Stonehenge where people gather to celebrate the dawn of the longest day in the UK (Ben Birchall/PA)

The summer solstice celebrations at Stonehenge have reportedly been cancelled.

Thousands of people routinely observe the rising of the sun at the neolithic Wiltshire monument on the longest day of the year.

But restrictions on public gatherings mean the traditional event cannot take place, and English Heritage will be streaming the sunrise online.

The site has been closed since March following the coronavirus pandemic.

Stonehenge director Nichola Tasker was quoted in the Salisbury Journal saying: “Given the sheer number of major events worldwide which have already been cancelled across the summer, from Glastonbury to the Olympics to Oktoberfest, I doubt this will come as a huge surprise, but we know how much summer solstice at Stonehenge means to so many people.

“We have consulted widely on whether we could have proceeded safely and we would have dearly liked to host the event as per usual, but sadly in the end, we feel we have no choice but to cancel.”

PA