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In Pics: Winter Solstice

Girl at Stonehenge for Solstice

About 1,900 people gathered at Stonehenge in Wiltshire to celebrate the shortest day of the year.

Crowd gather at Stonehenge

Druids, pagans and tourists gathered at 0800 GMT to see the sun rise.

Pagans and druids celebrate Solstice

The pagan tradition is also known as Yule and is one of the oldest winter celebrations.

Woman with fairy wings at Stonehenge

The Druids (Celtic priests) would cut the mistletoe that grew on the oak tree and give it as a blessing.

Group lie on the floor at Stonehenge

An announcement over plans to build a 20m visitor centre has been put back until January because of a disagreement over the centre's exact location.

Man hugging a stone

The disagreement is between English Heritage and The National Trust.



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