3.6 million watch a cloudy Stonehenge Summer Solstice online

3.6 million watch a cloudy Stonehenge Summer Solstice online

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:00am 21st June 2020. (Updated at 10:56am 21st June 2020)

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The important event to mark the longest day of the year has been held virtually, due to Covid-19 restrictions.

English Heritage kept the monument closed for Summer Solstice this year, with the backing of Wiltshire Police and Wiltshire Council - but live streamed the sunrise this morning (Sunday 21st June) instead.

They set up to cameras to make sure those who wanted to celebrate the occasion could still do so, but safely from their own homes.

Ahead of the live stream, more than half a million people had registered an interest in the stream on social media, but the charity confirmed a massive turnout, with 3.6 million actually tuning in.

English Heritage has been streaming the event for a few years now, but they've added extra cameras and enhanced angles this time, as it's the only way we've been able to see in the sunrise.

Nichola Tasker is the Director of Stonehenge for English Heritage said it wasn't the best weather for the celebration: 

“It was a rather wet but nonetheless atmospheric sunrise this morning and we were delighted to see that so many people around the world were enjoying the unique experience of seeing the dawn at Stonehenge on midsummer’s day.

We were sorry not to be able to open for solstice this year but we hope that our live stream offered the opportunity for people near and far to connect with this spiritual place at such a special time. We look forward to welcoming everyone back next year.  

POLICE PATROLS ALL NIGHT

Wiltshire Police have had a presence around Stonehenge, and at the stone circle at Avebury, to make sure people who turned up for the Solstice were moved on safely.

The force has confirmed there were no arrests and have thanked everyone for adhering to the advice to stay away.

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