December 22, 2018 / 5:10 PM / 5 months ago

Thousands descend on Britain's ancient Stonehenge for winter solstice

The sun rises as revellers welcome in the winter solstice at Stonehenge stone circle in Amesbury, southwest Britain, December 22, 2018. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

STONEHENGE, England (Reuters) - Wrapped in warm and brightly coloured clothes, thousands of revellers gathered at Britain’s Stonehenge to watch the first sunrise after winter solstice on Saturday.

People of all ages, including druids and pagans, sang, clapped and cheered as the sun rose over the prehistoric site made up of huge standing stones in the southwest of England.

Ann Bloom from Canada, pregnant and dressed in a long yellow dress, was one of those among the crowds. Each year thousands of people travel to the Neolithic monument for the occasion.

Reporting by Dylan Martinez; writing by Kate Holton editing by Ros Russell

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