Thousands gather at Stonehenge site for summer solstice

STONEHENGE, England, June 21 (Reuters) - Wrapped in jackets and blankets, thousands of people gathered at Britain's Stonehenge for summer solstice, watching the sun rise over the Neolithic monument and welcoming the longest day of the year.

Revelers of all ages, including druids and pagans performing rituals, clapped and cheered as the sun rose at 0352 GMT on Thursday over the prehistoric site made up of huge standing stones in the southwest county of Wiltshire.

Some sang or beat drums while others performed yoga.

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The sun rises at dawn as revellers welcome in the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge stone circle in southwest Britain, June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
The sun rises at dawn as revellers welcome in the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge stone circle in southwest Britain, June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
The sun breaks the horizon and shines through the stones at Stonehenge onto crowds of people celebrating the dawn of the longest day in the UK. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
An image is seen on a smartphone screen as revellers welcome in the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge stone circle in southwest Britain, June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Revellers watch the sunrise as they celebrate the pagan festival of Summer Solstice at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, southern England on June 21, 2018. - The festival, which dates back thousands of years, celebrates the longest day of the year when the sun is at its maximum elevation. Modern druids and people gather at the landmark Stonehenge every year to see the sun rise on the first morning of summer. (Photo by Geoff CADDICK / AFP) (Photo credit should read GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images)
WILTSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 21: The sun rises over the horizon at the ancient Stone circle of Stonehenge on June 21, 2018 in Wiltshire, England. Thousands of revellers celebrating summer solstice and the dawn of the longest day of the year at Stonehenge this morning. The sun rose was at 4.52am. PHOTOGRAPH BY Kiran Ridley / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read KIRAN RIDLEY / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
WILTSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 21: The sun rises over the horizon at the ancient Stone circle of Stonehenge on June 21, 2018 in Wiltshire, England. Thousands of revellers celebrating summer solstice and the dawn of the longest day of the year at Stonehenge this morning. The sun rose was at 4.52am. PHOTOGRAPH BY Kiran Ridley / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read KIRAN RIDLEY / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
WILTSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 21: The sun rises over the horizon at the ancient Stone circle of Stonehenge on June 21, 2018 in Wiltshire, England. Thousands of revellers celebrating summer solstice and the dawn of the longest day of the year at Stonehenge this morning. The sun rose was at 4.52am. PHOTOGRAPH BY Kiran Ridley / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read KIRAN RIDLEY / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
A man plays a flute before dawn as revellers welcome in the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge stone circle in southwest Britain, June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
A woman takes photos before dawn as revellers welcome in the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge stone circle in southwest Britain, June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
WILTSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 21: Thousands of revellers celebrating summer solstice and the dawn of the longest day of the year at Stonehenge this morning on June 21, 2018 in Wiltshire, England. The sun rose was at 4.52am. PHOTOGRAPH BY Kiran Ridley / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read KIRAN RIDLEY / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
The sun breaks the horizon and shines through the stones at Stonehenge onto crowds of people celebrating the dawn of the longest day in the UK. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
Revellers practice yoga before sunrise as they welcome in the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge stone circle in southwest Britain, June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
The sun breaks the horizon and shines through the stones at Stonehenge onto crowds of people celebrating the dawn of the longest day in the UK. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
The sun breaks the horizon and shines through the stones at Stonehenge onto crowds of people celebrating the dawn of the longest day in the UK. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
The sun breaks the horizon and shines through the stones at Stonehenge onto crowds of people celebrated the dawn of the longest day in the UK. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
The sun breaks the horizon and shines through the stones at Stonehenge onto crowds of people celebrating the dawn of the longest day in the UK. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
The sun breaks the horizon and shines through the stones at Stonehenge onto crowds of people celebrating the dawn of the longest day in the UK. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
Revellers await before sunrise as they welcome in the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge stone circle in southwest Britain, June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Revellers practice yoga before sunrise as they welcome in the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge stone circle in southwest Britain, June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
A woman relaxes as the sun rises at Stonehenge onto people celebrating the dawn of the longest day in the UK. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
A man blows bubbles as the sun rises at Stonehenge onto people celebrating the dawn of the longest day in the UK. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
A woman twirls a hula-hoop as the sun rises at Stonehenge where people celebrated the dawn of the longest day in the UK. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
Two people hug as the sun rises at Stonehenge where a crowd celebrated the dawn of the longest day in the UK. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
A woman wears a colourful head-dress at Stonehenge where people celebrated the dawn of the longest day in the UK. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
The sun breaks the horizon and shines through the stones at Stonehenge onto crowds of people celebrating the dawn of the longest day in the UK. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
The sun breaks the horizon and shines through the stones at Stonehenge onto crowds of people celebrating the dawn of the longest day in the UK. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
Revellers watch the sunrise as they celebrate the pagan festival of Summer Solstice at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, southern England on June 21, 2018. - The festival, which dates back thousands of years, celebrates the longest day of the year when the sun is at its maximum elevation. Modern druids and people gather at the landmark Stonehenge every year to see the sun rise on the first morning of summer. (Photo by Geoff CADDICK / AFP) (Photo credit should read GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images)
WILTSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 21: Thousands of revellers celebrating summer solstice and the dawn of the longest day of the year at Stonehenge this morning on June 21, 2018 in Wiltshire, England. The sun rose was at 4.52am. PHOTOGRAPH BY Kiran Ridley / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read KIRAN RIDLEY / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
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Each year, thousands of people arrive at the Stonehenge for the occasion, and this year, around 9,500 people were present, according to Wiltshire police.

(Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian Editing by Alison Williams)

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