36,500 revellers party at Stonehenge to celebrate summer solstice

June 22nd, 2009 - 6:10 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jun 22 (ANI): England’s most famous site, Stonehenge, saw a record crowd of 36,500 revellers celebrating the summer solstice on June 21.

New Age Druids, sun-worshippers and chanting hippies attended the annual bash on Salisbury Plain, Wilts.

And the police made 37 arrests for drug-related offences and public disorder.

“It’s the most magical place on the planet,” the Sun quoted druid Frank Somers, 43, an antiques salesman, as saying.

“When you touch the stones you feel a warmth like you’re touching a tree, not a stone.

“There’s a genuine love,” he said.

The eerie monument was built in three stages between 3,000 and 1,600 BC.

“People come for a range of reasons,” archaeologist Dave Batchelor, of English Heritage, said.

“Some belong to the Druidic religion and think of it as a temple. Others think of it as a place of their ancestors, or for tranquillity.

“And some people come to see it as a way to celebrate the changing of the seasons,” he added. (ANI)

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