Merk argiewe: Stonehenge

Cops break up axed Summer Solstice gathering as hundreds swarm Stonehenge

POLICE today broke up a Summer Solstice gathering after hundreds of people swarmed Stonehenge despite Covid cancelling the event.

Rondom 30,000 revellers usually travel to the landmark in Wiltshire at sunrise to mark the longest day of the year.

A reveller is carried from Stonehenge by cops

A reveller is carried from Stonehenge by copsKrediet: Getty
The event was cancelled for a second-year running by Covid

The event was cancelled for a second-year running by CovidKrediet: Getty

But the annual event was cancelled for a second year running after the final stage of lockdown easing was delayed.

Police were forced to close access to the site and move crowds away after they flouted warnings to stay away.

English Heritage also pulled a live feed of the sunrise after people travelled to the ancient stone circle.

Host Ed Shires said: “I must say we have been disappointed that a number of people have chosen to disregard our request to not travel to the stones this morning and that is the reason why we haven’t been able to bring you the pictures that we would have liked to have done.

Crowds jumped a fence to get to the site

Crowds jumped a fence to get to the siteKrediet: Reuters
Police confirmed some access had now been shut off

Police confirmed some access had now been shut offKrediet: Getty
People had been warned to stay away from the landmark in Wiltshire

People had been warned to stay away from the landmark in WiltshireKrediet: PA

“It is disappointing to see that happen but unfortunately in those kind of situations we have to put the safety of our staff members first and that’s why we have had some interruption this morning.

“We have been told by police that people have now been dispersed and the situation is under control.”

Wiltshire Police confirmed they closed off access to part of the site after a large number of cars showed up in the early hours.

Die mag het gesê: “We have taken the difficult decision to prevent further access to part of the Ridgeway, near Avebury, to maintain public safety and prevent potential damage to nearby farmland.

This is in response to large numbers of people and vehicles in the area.

Thousands of pagans and druids usually gather at Stonehenge to mark the longest day of the year.

Crowds of devotees, often dressed for the occasion, regularly gather to watch the moment the sun rises above the Heel Stone.

Hierdie jaar the summer will last 93 dae, 15 hours and 49 minute.

Tot by 30,000 people usually gather to mark the solstice

Tot by 30,000 people usually gather to mark the solsticeKrediet: Reuters
Crowds gather to watch the sunrise on the longest day of the year

Crowds gather to watch the sunrise on the longest day of the yearKrediet: Reuters
A woman kisses one of the ancient stones today

A woman kisses one of the ancient stones todayKrediet: PA
The event gathering is attended by pagans and druids

The event gathering is attended by pagans and druidsKrediet: PA
A group lie down at the site after the sun rose

A group lie down at the site after the sun roseKrediet: PA
This year's summer will end on September 22

This year’s summer will end on September 22Krediet: PA
Crowds also gathered at Glastonbury Tor

Crowds also gathered at Glastonbury TorKrediet: Alamy

Summer SolsticePeople gather at Stonehenge for longest day of the year in the UK