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Last Updated: Friday, 17 June, 2005, 18:08 GMT 19:08 UK
Celebrations for summer solstice
The sun will rise at about 0500 BST on midsummer's day
A Celtic midsummer myth is being revived at a moorland park in Cornwall on Saturday night.

Six giant sculptures will be brought to life with fire as part of an event to celebrate the summer solstice.

The organisers of the Midsummer Music and Burning Festival said it is an opportunity for people to get in touch with their 'inner Celt'.

The event, at Colliford Lake Park on Bodmin moor, will include a pagan 'beast' dancing round a bonfire.

Longest day

The old pagan tradition of marking the midsummer solstice will be brought up to date with hi-tech backdrops and a merging of new and old musical instruments.

But the centuries-old focus of a bonfire will remain. A pagan 'beast' will dance around the bonfire to represent the spirit of last year's beast, burned at Halloween and reincarnated to wish a prosperous summer.

Other live entertainment at the two-day festival will include story-telling, a circus workshop, animal walks and local and touring bands.

Thousands of people are expected to celebrate the solstice at events across the country and public access is again being allowed to the 5,000-year-old stone circle at Stonehenge in Wiltshire.

The longest day of the year is on Tuesday, 21 June, when the sun will rise at approximately 0500 BST and will set at about 2130 BST.

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