Glastonbury sets a new mud record
HALF a million sacks of rubbish and thousands of tents were jettisoned by Glastonbury revellers yesterday as they battled to leave the site of the muddiest festival in its 46-year history.
Much of the 1,000-acre site had turned into a swamp following heavy rain over the five-day event on Worthy Farm, Somerset.
As an army of 1,800 litter pickers got to work clearing up the rubbish, music fans were seen dragging their bags across waterlogged fields to get their transport home.
Last night founder Michael Eavis said: “In my 46 years it hasn’t been as bad [muddy] as this. Every single bit of woodchip in the south of England is here over 1,000 acres.”
Tractors were also used to pull cars from the muddy parking fields. An organiser had earlier told them: “If your vehicle has a towing eye, please attach this ready for possible towing.”
Police confirmed half the cars made it off the site by 9am. The AA said it was prepared for a busy day as the 135,000 festivalgoers left. They had turned out to watch stars including Adele, Coldplay and Bee Gee Barry Gibb.
It was reported the fans had left behind 500,000 sacks of rubbish, 57 tons of reusable items and 1,022 tons of recyclables.
Despite the mess, Avon and Somerset Police reported a record low level of crime at the festival.
There were 40 arrests by 10am yesterday, compared with 72 in 2015, and 186 reported crimes, many for theft of tents, compared A music fan drags her case and bags through deep mud as she leaves the five-day festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset yesterday with 242 last year. The EU referendum took place during the festival last Thursday.
By Friday, when news broke that the UK had voted to leave the EU, there was a sombre mood among campers, the majority of whom were Remain supporters.
Organiser Emily Eavis called for unity after the result. She told the music fans: “It was a complete shock but we’ve got to rally round and stick together.” She added: “Thank you to everyone for making this a special year.”