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Support for Stonehenge wonder bid
Druid Frank Somers helped perfom a drumming ceremony to support Stonehenge's 7 Wonders bid
Winners will be announced on 7 July in Portugal
Druids have performed a drumming ceremony to support a bid by Stonehenge to become one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

The ceremony at the stone circle was performed by 30 Druids in 10 minute cycles between 0800 and 0900 BST.

It is a traditionally-based Druid rite, adapted for the occasion, which honours the spirits of nature.

The earth is also blessed with drumming and the blowing of trumpets. Winners will be announced on 7 July.

Stonehenge is one of 21 finalists in the race to become one of the New 7 Wonders.

Stonehenge is a symbol of hope and inspiration for the whole world
Frank Somers, Stonehenge Druid

Frank Somers, Stonehenge Druid and member of the Council of British Druid Orders, said: "Stonehenge is a creation of great beauty, mystery, and human achievement and we hope that it will inspire people in the ages to come as it always has in the past.

"Its designers had vision of a sacred place that perfectly reflects the movements of earth sun and moon, that which sustain life.

"They built with perfect proportion and geometry a structure that for all its apparent simplicity is still totally beautiful."

'Symbol of hope'

A variety of 'wonders' from around the world including The Acropolis, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu are in the running and votes can be cast right up until midnight of 6 July 2007 - the night before the winners are announced.

The New7Wonders World Tour visited Stonehenge last October as part of its global tour to highlight the 21 finalists.

Stonehenge director Peter Carson said: "Stonehenge is an invaluable part of our heritage and draws visitors from all over the world.

"It truly deserves to become a New 7 Wonder in recognition of its historical and cultural importance and I urge people to make their votes count before it is too late."

Stonehenge Druid Frank Somers added: "Stonehenge is a symbol of hope and inspiration for the whole world. If you do nothing else this year, please vote for Stonehenge, it will make a difference."


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