Part 2 of my Diary for Saturday 2nd September 2017.
For many years now I have had a great respect for the Glastonbury brand and it was quite a shock, albeit a nice one, to see that this place is actually a working farm with real live animals and all that goes with it. How they manage to put all this aside and accommodate 200,000 people is a mystery to me.
No wonder it takes so long to get from one stage to another. Allow 30-40 minutes they say.
We took off and drove through what was the middle of the Festival but few signs that anything had ever disturbed nature.
We visited the village of Pilton which is in a small valley. If you drive along the main road it’s a question of if you blink you will miss it. There is a public house and a church and a very decent size church hall so there is money around. We parked and followed the sign to ‘Tithe barn’,
and what a splendid building it is. The hand of Michael Eavis has contributed to it being in the splendid condition that it is in as you will see.
The farm was built in the early 14th century but in 1963, lightening struck the barn and started a fire which completely destroyed the roof. Michael wanted the barn restored, and have the opportunity to buy it and some surrounding land. He gave the building to a trust who commenced renovation as you can see.
we then have a look round the local church, St John’s. It was instructive to look at the visitors book.