Thousands of pagans, druids and revellers gathered at the Avebury stone circle near the prehistoric Stonehenge centre in Wiltshire on Wednesday night to see in the summer solstice. Participants gathered in and around the ancient rocks, used on and off as Britain’s de facto site to greet the solstice for an estimated five millennia, with many wearing jackets and blankets as they danced and... Еще clapped for the ceremonial event. The sun rose at 03:62 GMT on Thursday morning. The summer solstice is celebrated by thousands of pagans around the world, with Stonehenge believed to have functioned as a site for the ritual over 4,000 years ago. However, the area has only come back into use for pagan rituals since the beginning of the 20th century, with paganism having become one of Europe’s fastest growing religions in the last 30 years.