THE LOTTERY project to recreate the Stone Age journey of a 4t bluestone from the Pembrokeshire Hills to Stonehenge has been abandoned until next May.
Increasing bad weather and shorter daylight hours on top of a catalogue of embarrassing setbacks has forced organisers of the £100,000 Millennium Stone Project to leave the stone in Milford Haven for the next six months.
The stone was supposed to have arrived at Stonehenge in September, but the project has been blighted by a series of incidents including the theft of the stone-carrying sledge and the slippage of the stone from its Neolithic style boat into the Bristol channel.
It was later recovered but has yet to cross the channel successfully.
Project co-ordinator Philip Bowen of community group Menter Preseli added that the remaining Lottery funds will still be available to complete the journey.