These original news photos from June 16 1974 featuring druids celebrating the summer solstice with mystic rites at Stonehenge on the Salisbury Plains in England, as they do every year. This photo originates from the archives of Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Daily News.
Copy of original article by Shawn Christopher on back reads: Every year at Stonehenge, the famous prehistoric huddle of stones on the Salisbury Plain in England, white robed druids celebrate the summer solstice (June 21) with mystic rites. - Members of the Druid Order a philosophical society set up in the 17th Century along the lines of the ancient Celtic priesthood, they have been coming to Stonehenge on Midsummer's Night for 70 to 80 years. The British Department of the Environment recognizes their "prescriptive right" and doesn't object, explained a spokeswoman, adding that it was all "latter-day nonsense" in her opinion. - When attendance at the dawn celebration reached proportions endangering the stones a few years back, the department started to string up barb wire for the night. A small elite of press and other passholders are allowed inside, while huddled masses ....
An additional column-inch reads: After 40 centuries of erosion, vandalism and neglect, the circular structure of Stonehenge is still distinguishable. BELOW: The Druid order, a mystical society set up in 17th Century along the lines of the ancient Celtic priesthood, performs the dawn and ???noon rites on June 21.
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SF220596644372wra610 Stonehenge ... after 40 years