In pictures: Thousands descend on ancient Stonehenge for winter solstice

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Ann Bloom, from Canada, joins revellers as they welcome in the winter solstice at Stonehenge stone circle, in Amesbury, Britain | Photo: Reuters
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Stonehenge, England: 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.

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The winter solstice occurs when one of the Earth's poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun.

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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 south-west of England.

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Each year thousands of people travel to the Neolithic monument for the occasion.

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