Posted by: Jim Hutchins26 JUN 2010
Althoughthere has been some music, on smaller stages, for a few days, the party kickedoff at the Pyramid Stage at 11 am this morning. Who better to get the crowdsflocking in than Rolf Harris. Rolf has been a favourite at Glastonbury Festivalfor many years but he’s needed a bigger and bigger stage each visit! This yearis Glastonburys 40th and Rolfs 80th birthdays He stillgets the crowds going with all his oldhits and some even a bit of of Land of Hope and Glory a la Rolf! We allgathered by the only tree in the Pyramid Field, a favourite meeting place forfamilies and friends for the main stage. The children, and presumably thousandsof other first timers, finally get a taste of the real scale of Glastonbury.The sun is shining and everybody is in a brilliant Glastonbury mood. We thenget into the first major crowd movement of the festival as most of the crowdhead through the market to the Other Stage for The Stranglers, not realisingtheir times had been swapped with Joshua Radin. This was perhaps lucky assomeones planning had 12 large lorries coming through the crowd flow head on!We were there in plenty of time though for The Stranglers. We positioned ourselvesnear the bar AND the ice cream van and just kept the refreshments going for thehours we were dancing and singing along. It was wonderful to get together againwith old friends from FMS pharmacy as well. When Cathy finished work we allmoved again to the Pyramid field for the wonderful Willie Nelson.
Cathyworked at the Medicine Man Pharmacy from 8 til 3 today. She said the daystarted looking out at a dry sunny market as a fascinating micro-tornado skippedthrough, stirring up the dust. With the hot weather continuing, we were busyagain with antihistamines, and chloramphenicol and cromoglycate eyedrops, butwith entertainment drawing the crowd out of the market into the festival todayit wasn’t quite as busy as yesterday. I called into the pharmacy in Ivy MeadsMedical Centre and chatted to Emma & Jen while I looked to see what stockthey had. The pharmacies work together to send patients to each other if we dorun out of anything. I was glad to run into Phil Allen and his wife Michelle.This is the third year Phil has co-ordinated the FMS pharmacy. They have plentyspace this year and the pharmacy is well-stocked with Phil having no problemsgetting stock onto site from his pharmacy in Evercreech. Like us in the market,things have eased of a bit today. Phil & I have known each other for manyyears from our days working in Devon & Cornwall and we stood in the sun atthe top of the festival putting the world to rights.
I finallymanaged to spend some evening time in the Greenfields at the top of the otherside of the valley. The views are awesome and you get to realize the massivescale of the festival. This is a large and busy are divided into various themedfields such as crafts, environmental issues and, of course, the healing field.I love it and got to relax and eat some healthy food before re-entering thefray. I met up with family & friends again at the tree, including Sally andLouise. Both worked with Tony and I for many years organising the Festival andArena Pharmacy, but Sally has the longest service having covered theGlastonbury Festival for original pharmacist, John Higginbottom for a long timebefore. (There are rumours Sally and Louise sneaked into the festival throughthe farm, in their teens, and slept under tarpaulins!). The children loved theGorrillaz show and we topped it off for them by setting off a Chinese lanterninto the air. The wind was catching it as we lit the fuel and held it ‘til itfilled with hot air and took off into the dark sky. The crowd around us cheeredand it was only then we realised they’d been holding their breath too!
Anothernight at Glastonbury Festival. J
Talk toyou tomorrow.