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Stonehenge to Open for Summer Solstice

May 28, 2000|ASSOCIATED PRESS

LONDON — The public on June 20 will be able to greet the dawn of the millennium's first summer at Stonehenge, which for the first time in 16 years will be opened for the summer solstice.

In the past, the stone circle erected by Britons 5,000 years ago on Salisbury Plain, 80 miles southwest of London, has been a magnet for unruly revelers. Last year, riot police had to be called in after gate crashers pushed down fences and clambered on the stones.

Stonehenge will be open the night of June 20 for eight hours under tight security, according to the English Heritage organization, which oversees the site.

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