Posted by: Jim Hutchins24 JUN 2010
We had agood drive to Glastonbury and no problem finding and paying for public parking.We thought it was great that the sun was shining as we loaded up with ourcamping gear and set off on our first trip into the Festival site. It was veryhot indeed and we had to make many stops for rest and water as we trudgedthrough one unfamiliar campervan field after another. Unfortunately we seemedto hit one of the busiest times and got stuck in huge crowds every time the processionhad to cross a road. I’ve driven those roads on pharmacy business on severalfestivals, and never imagined the anguish I might be causing the pack horsepedestrians. At one point we were only able to shuffle forward about one yardevery 15 minutes! Once we got to Gate C, however, we were all quickly through,got our bearings and headed up past the Acoustic Stage towards the familycamping area. We’d been warned by friends that, even on this Wednesdaylunchtime, it was already pretty full but the family all managed to get campedup near each other and not too far from our other friends. It had taken usalmost three hours for our first trip from the car to the camping ground and,although we were exhausted we knew we had another two return trips. We didn’tcare though. We were back in familiar territory with no deadlines and thatstrange, fuzzy Green Time that works at Glastonbury instead of normal timepassing. The children were getting glimpses into the Kids Field, an area as bigas some Festivals, set aside for childrens play. From the family camping area wecan see a fairytale castle, a helter-skelter and we know there’s facepaintingand a constant supply of childrens entertainment lined up for their own Glastoexperience.
Afterchatting to James at the Medicine Man pharmacy we were fitted at the officewith ‘workers’ wristbands which would allow us in behind some of the gates forour pharmacy work. At dusk, the girls took a final trip to the car and I tookthe children for a short wander before bed, both to tire them out and to letthem see what they were in for. It was was wonderful to be back and I keptstopping to take in the views of the colourful tented township springing uparound me. The pyramid stage is still empty but stands boldly, not only againstthe colours of the other Big Tops and Stages, but also against the historicalbackdrop of Glastonbury Tor silhouetted behind it. This is GlastonburyFestivals 40th Birthday and the Pyramid is proudly flanked with 1970and 2010, tonight lit up only by the sunset.
I can hearthe noise of the crowd but I know I’m going to follow the children to the landof sleep shortly. I’ll talk to you tomorrow.