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The clean up begins as Glastonbury festival goers head home

Campers pack up their tents and head home from Glastonbury Credit: ITV News

The major clean-up operation to turn the 1,000 acre setting of the Glastonbury Festival back into a farm has started.

With the party officially over, campers have until 5pm today to leave the farm and allow the clean-up operation to get into full swing.

Litter pickers begin the major clean up after Glastonbury Credit: ITV News

A litter picking crew of around 800 will spend up to six weeks clearing the 1,200-acre site, which has been left carpeted in rubbish.

Roads around the site are extremely congested, with bad traffic on the A303 around Stonehenge and on the A37 between Shepton Mallet and Bristol.

Co-organiser Emily Eavis described the festival - which has been particularly diverse and controversial this year with a last-minute cancellation from the Foo Fighters, a stage invasion during Kanye West's headline performance and a visit from Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama - as the best yet.

Meanwhile Avon and Somerset Police said it recorded one of the lowest crime figures it has seen in recent years, with 216 crimes reported compared with 246 last year.


It's 'Happy' for the Bristol brothers on stage with Pharrell

Ewan (yellow shirt) and big brother Callum on stage with Pharrell Williams Credit: David O'Neill

The song 'Happy' couldn't have been more appropriate for two brothers from Bristol who joined Pharrell Williams on the main stage at the Glastonbury Festival.

Seven year-old Ewan O'Neill and big brother Callum, 10, were among a group of youngsters who were invited on stage by the American star.

The O'Neill brothers were among a group of children invited on stage Credit: David O'Neill

Proud father David O'Neill, from Bishopston, said it was an unexpected treat for the whole family.

"The boys were so excited to be on the Pyramid Stage. We just couldn't believe it. It's absolutely made our weekend."

– David O'Neill

Stephen Hawking 'pulls out of Glastonbury appearance'

Stephen Hawking will no longer be appearing at Glastonbury, according to reports. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

World-famous physicist Stephen Hawking was due to give a talk at Glastonbury today, but according to reports he has had to pull out.

The Telegraph reports that the author of A Brief History of Time has cancelled due to "personal reasons", and may be "poorly".

Jessie J pulls out of Bristol gig on medical advice

Jessie J was in hospital earlier this week. Credit: Jessie J / Instagram

Jessie J has cancelled her appearance at the Bristol Harbourside Summer Series this weekend.

The singer had hoped to soldier on for thousands of fans after having an operation earlier in the week, but has pulled out on medical advice following post-surgery problems.

Organisers say ticket holders will be refunded, with details announced on Monday.

“After having an operation earlier this week, I am unfortunately suffering a longer recovery time than expected due to some problems that have occurred post the operation. I have been medically advised to cancel my shows this weekend. I am simply in no way to perform.

I am really sorry to all my fans in Denmark, Bristol and Belgium and I look forward to seeing you all in the future. I am truly disappointed."

– Jessie J


The Dalai Lama at Glastonbury: what to expect

The Dalai Lama is said to have "incredible charisma". Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The Dalai Lama is set to make a special appearance at Glastonbury on Sunday.

The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader is giving talks around the UK - and it's believed to be the first time the 79-year-old has been to Somerset.

His ghost writer, Alex Norman, told us His Holiness won't know much about what bands are playing, but that his audience can expect "incredible charisma" from him.

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