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Summer Solstice 'will now be streamed online instead'

Photo: English Heritage

Summer solstice celebrations at the historic Stonehenge site which were planned for June have been cancelled.

Thousands of people normally descend on the ancient stone circle in Wiltshire to observe dawn on the longest day of the year.

The site's been closed since March because of coronavirus.

English Heritage says it'll stream the sunrise online instead.

Stonehenge Director Nichola Tasker said:  "We are very sorry to be the bearers of this news today.  

"Given the sheer number of major events worldwide which have already been cancelled across the summer, from Glastonbury to the Olympics to Oktoberfest, I doubt this will come as a huge surprise, but we know how much summer solstice at Stonehenge means to so many people.  

"We have consulted widely on whether we could have proceeded safely and we would have dearly liked to host the event as per usual, but sadly in the end, we feel we have no choice but to cancel."

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