21 February 2024

VIDEO: Around 8,000 people gather for a peaceful Summer Solstice 2023

Summer Solstice has passed by peacefully in Wiltshire once again.

Police officers were in attendance at Stonehenge and Avebury overnight to welcome in the longest day.

Approximately 8,000 people gathered to mark the event at Stonehenge, with the majority attending to mark the occasion safely and responsibly.

Just two people were arrested – a 31-year-old man and a 56-year-old man both from Southampton arrested on suspicion of public order after they were refused entry due to intoxication. They are currently in custody in Gablecross.

Video: Brunton Media

Chief Constable Catherine Roper was at Stonehenge for the celebrations.

She said: “This was my first solstice and I have to say, what an incredible event it has been.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended, our communities and the visitors to the site. Everyone has been joyous, enjoying the event and having a glorious time and it has been peaceful and safe.

“Thank you also to our partners, stakeholders and of course English Heritage, for working with us because collectively we have ensured that everyone could enjoy the event peacefully. And finally, thank you to our officers, staff and volunteers who worked through the night at such an incredible event.”

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Andy Munns
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Written by Andy Munns