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Last Updated: Tuesday June 21 2011 11:42 GMT

PICTURES: Stonehenge solstice celebrations

Dawn over Stonehenge in Wiltshire on 21 June 2011

More than 18,000 partygoers gathered at the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge to celebrate the longest day of the year by watching the sun come up on Tuesday morning.

Dawn over Stonehenge in Wiltshire on 21 June 2011

The longest day is known as the summer solstice. It wasn't that summery though - clouds blocked out the sunrise.

Druid at Stonehenge, Wiltshire, on 21 June 2011

The sunrise is significant for pagans and druids, who mark it with religious ceremonies. Here's chief druid Arthur Pendragon.

People hug the stones at Stonehenge, Wiltshire, on 21 June 2011

Lots of people wanted to be close to the stones. Stonehenge in Wiltshire has been standing for thousands of years, but nobody really knows what it's doing there.

Baby touches a stone at Stonehenge, Wiltshire, on 21 June 2011

Here's nine-month-old Jasmine, from Portsmouth, touching one of the stones. Stonehenge is a world heritage site.

Man wearing a Green Man mask at Stonehenge, Wiltshire, on 21 June 2011

Nice mask! Police said the celebrations had passed quite peacefully with 20 arrests.