Thousands gather at Stonehenge to celebrate the summer solstice

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              Summer solstice at Stonehenge

SALISBURY PLAIN, England, June 21 (Reuters) - Thousands of people watched the sun rise at Stonehenge on Tuesday after gathering at the ancient monument site in southern England to mark summer solstice.

English Heritage, which seeks to protect historical sites, said some 12,000 people watched the 04:52 a.m. (0352 GMT) sunrise at Stonehenge.

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Revellers celebrate the summer solstice at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in southern England, Britain June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty
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A reveller celebrates the summer solstice at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in southern England, Britain June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty
Revellers celebrate the summer solstice at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in southern England, Britain June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty
Revellers celebrate the summer solstice at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in southern England, Britain June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty
Revellers celebrate the summer solstice at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in southern England, Britain June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty
Revellers celebrate the summer solstice at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in southern England, Britain June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty
Revellers celebrate the summer solstice at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in southern England, Britain June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty
Revellers celebrate the summer solstice at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in southern England, Britain June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty
Revellers celebrate the summer solstice at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in southern England, Britain June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty 
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Revellers celebrate the longest day of the year at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in southern England, Britain June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty
Revellers celebrate the longest day of the year at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in southern England, Britain June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty
A reveller celebrates the longest day of the year at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in southern England, Britain June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty
Revellers celebrate the longest day of the year at under a 'strawberry' moon at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in southern England, Britain June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty
Revellers celebrate the longest day of the year at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in southern England, Britain June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty
Revellers celebrate the summer solstice at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in southern England, Britain June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty
Revellers celebrate the summer solstice at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in southern England, Britain June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty
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"The weather was fine throughout and the highlight of the evening was a spectacular full, strawberry moon over the ancient stones," it said in a statement. "The morning saw a glorious sunrise...met with chanting and cheering from the crowd."

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