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Friday, 21 June, 2002, 13:07 GMT 14:07 UK
In Pictures: Summer solstice
Thousands of happy revellers greeted the dawn of the mid-summer sun at Stonehenge for the annual summer solstice.

More than 20,000 people - from new age travellers to druids - attended what police described as a peaceful celebration at the ancient stones.

Revellers at Stonehenge
Thousands flocked to see the dawn rising over Stonehenge, in spite of the rain

Dawning of the summer solstice
It was the third consecutive year revellers were allowed access to the sacred stones

Spectators climb Stonehenge stones
Some took advantage and climbed the stones, but they were immediately ejected by police

Police talk to revellers at the Stonehenge stones
A quiet word with revellers was mostly enough to ensure celebrations remained peaceful

Revellers leaving Stonehenge after the event
Many people had stayed up all night to watch the sunrise

Revellers celebrate the solstice
For some the event, which was attend by over 20,000 people, meant losing inhibitions

Steve Wilson of the British Druids Society waves his flag of St George
A druid carries a flag of St George - on the day England took on Brazil in the World Cup

People celebrating the sunrise
Once the sun came up there was a chance to dance, sing, chant and beat drums

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