Thousands of visitors stood among the stones at dawn as the sun rose at Stonehenge.

Summer solstice marks the longest day of the year and people travel to the world heritage site from all across the globe.

The sun rose up through the mist at 4.54am and was greeted with chanting, singing and prayers.

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Workers at the Stonehenge media camp estimated 6,000 people attended for the sunrise.

Solstice and equinox are key events celebrated throughout the year by druids, many attended this morning.

The Druids of Stonehenge held a ceremony at 8.30pm on Monday, 20 June, and stood by the Heel Stone for sunrise. 

Rollo Maughfling, archdruid of Stonehenge, represents over 15,000 druids in Britain and has been going to the Stonehenge summer solstice for 34 years.

Salisbury Journal: Rollo Maughfling is the archdruid of StonehengeRollo Maughfling is the archdruid of Stonehenge

Rollo endured a three hour car journey from his home in South Wales, he said: "I love doing the ceremonies and spending time by the stage keeps us alive and awake!

"It's always great because each new generation comes wanting to learn about the mystery of the stones."

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Upon arrival, a member of the public let off a firework near the stones yet security and the ambulance service were on hand to help when necessary.

Daniel Diegel, 31, a German student living in London, travelled to Stonehenge for his first summer solstice. 

He said: "It's quite interesting, the feeling of the human beings dancing around the stones.

"It makes you wonder how it was celebrated in ancient times."

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