Stonehenge winter solstice celebrated – BBC News

Thousands of people gathered at Stonehenge to witness the sunrise on the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.

Crowds arrived at the Wiltshire landmark before dawn with many others travelling to the Avebury stone circle, which is also in the county.

The winter solstice marks the point when the North Pole is tilted 23.5 degrees away from the sun.The solstice occurred at 04:49 GMT, with the sun rising at 08:04.

Senior Druid, King Arthur Pendragon said the solstice celebrates the coming of the new sun.

“This is the dawn we’ve been waiting for, this is the dawn the ancients cared about so much,” he said.

Source: Stonehenge winter solstice celebrated – BBC News