STONEHENGE-- SUMMER SOLSTICE
Stonehenge is the Council of British Druid Orders' major success story.
Although the Glastonbury Order first started working there in1988, it was closed that very same year due to the authorities inability to cope with the large number of pilgrims who wished to take part. Unbelievably, the closure was to last for another ten years.
During this time, the GODS (Glastonbury Order of Druids) assisted by LAW (Loyal Arthurian Warband) held traditional seasonal ceremonies on the side of the A 344 road that runs past Stonehenge- at Autumn Equinox, Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.
The Summer Solstice, however, was more problematic, with participants risking arrest at the time of the infamous so-called exclusion zone. As more and more media attention was brought to this impasse, the Council of British Druid Orders resolved to negotiate with English Heritage, who administer Stonehenge, to bring about a re-opening in time for the milennium.
To cut a long story short, by taking on the stewarding and health and safety issues involved, CoBDO, has, with others on the Stonehenge Round Table, enabled English Heritage to open at the summer solstice these days to 24,000 people, with smaller public celebrations of a few hundred at the other quarters of the year.