This week's UK news: 25 June 2011
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25 June 2011


Tennis comes to London

The annual Wimbledon tournament began this week. It is an unusual championship because it is played on grass and in the open air. This can cause major problems in wet weather, and the last week has been unusually wet.

Several years ago the club spent £80m on a roof for Centre Court which can be closed to keep play going if the weather is bad, and it has been very useful.

By the weekend only one British player, Andy Murray, was left in the tournament. There is a lot of pressure on him to do well.

More Harry Potter adventures for fans

Millions of Harry Potter fans were left wanting more when JK Rowling published the last of seven books about the boy wizard. Now there is something new to keep them interested, although the exact details are not yet clear.

A new website went online this week, called Pottermore. On Friday a video of JK Rowling talking about her plans for the site appeared. It seems that fans will be able to register on Pottermore from July 31, which is Harry's birthday. They may then be able to help shape the new site which is likely to include games, puzzles and possibly even a treasure hunt.

Celebrations at Stonehenge

June 21 marks the summer solstice in the UK, the longest day of the year. It is also one of the few days when people are allowed access to the Stonehenge stone circle, to see the sun rise between the stones. Tourists are usually kept at a distance to avoid damaging the area.

The people allowed to the stones are mostly people celebrating ancient British religions – they are druids and pagans. The celebration was also popular with people on their way to the Glastonbury music festival. Around 18,000 people attended the sunrise this year, less than usual because the weather has been very bad.

Arthur Pendragon, a druid, said: "It is great to see the stones being used in this way,"

Restoration of London cathedral finished

St Paul's Cathedral is one of London's most famous buildings. Its dome is part of the scenery of the City of London, and is often clearly visible in photographs of the city on fire during the bombings of World War II.

This week there has been a special service to celebrate 300 years of the cathedral and the completion of a £40m restoration in which all of the stone, mosaic, wood and metal has been cleaned.

St Paul's was built by one of London's most famous architects, Sir Christopher Wren, after a previous church on the site burned down during the Great Fire of London in 1666. The first stone of the new cathedral was laid on June 21 1675, the first service was held in 1698, and Wren was finally paid the last half of his salary in 1711. He was supposed to have been paid six months after the work was finished, and so the job was officially said to have been finished in June 1711.

 

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