THOUSANDS gathered to watch the sun rise at Stonehenge and Avebury this morning to welcome the longest day of the year.

Solstice-watchers were blessed with clear-skies as they watched the day break.

The sites hold special significance for members of the Druid and Pagan community, who perform rituals and celebrations at the summer and winter solstices.

Around 600 people joined in the celebrations in Avebury.

Two people were arrested at Avebury, a 30-year-old man for being drunk and disorderly, and a 25-year-old man was arrested for drink driving.

Superintendent Dave Minty, said: " We are really pleased with how Solstice 2018 has gone, it really has been a great success.

"English Heritage welcomed approximately 9,500 people at Stonehenge, and the majority of those who came to celebrate the longest day of the year did so in a safe and peaceful manner.

"There was a really great atmosphere and we are really pleased to say there were no arrests at Stonehenge.

"Approximately 600 people joined the celebrations in Avebury which also saw the public embracing the spirit of Summer Solstice. Two people were arrested at Avebury, a man age 30 was arrested for drunk and disorderly, and a man age 25 was arrested for drink driving.

"The joint approach to planning the event with Wiltshire Council, security staff, the Highways Agency and English Heritage is key to ensuring visitors to Summer Solstice have a safe and enjoyable time and we look forward to Solstice 2019."

Artist Tom Yendell from Hampshire, was amongst the thousands who flocked to Stonehenge at sunrise today, capturing the moment the sun rises behind the Heel stone in a painting using only his mouth, a set of watercolour paints and the iconic landscape behind him.

Mr Yendell, who is an active board member for the Foot & Mouth Painting Artists wanted to create an entirely unique, innovative painting that depicted the significance of Stonehenge.

He said: “Stonehenge is a monumental British landmark which I have been keen to paint for years.

"Painting live at Summer Solstice was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the 100th anniversary and create memories for years to come.

"It has been a privilege to share the work we do as members of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists with the general public at such an iconic location.”