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Glastonbury Festival factfile: 10 things you might not know

The festival is world famous Credit: PA

1 - Glastonbury is the world's biggest open air arts and music festival

2 - it began the day after Jimi Hendrix died, in 1970.

Jimi Hendrix Credit: PA

3 - The attendance was a comparatively minuscule 1,500 with a £1 entrance fee and the offer of free milk from Worthy Farm.

4 - Mick Ringham was the very first Glastonbury DJ is now an estate agent.

Around 150,000 people attend every year Credit: PA

5 - Glastonbury uses about 3000 megawatts of electricity over a single weekend which is similar to the city of Bath.

6 - The Festival site covers 900 acres in the mystical Vale of Avalon.

7 - The main stage, Pyramid, is on a ley line that connects Glastonbury to Stonehenge.

Michael Eavis started the festival and still runs it today Credit: PA

8 - According to legend, Pilton, where Worthy Farm is situated, was once visited by Jesus Christ and his great-uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, on their way to the tin and lead mines nearby.

9 - The 1998 festival saw the invention of a new sport, mud-surfing.

10 - In 2005, there was two months' rainfall in a few hours, with car parks left under water and canoes used as transport.

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Thousands of festival goers pass through Glasto gates

People of all ages are making their way into the campsites Credit: Laura Makin Isherwood - ITV News West Country
Carts being used to carry camping gear Credit: Laura Makin Isherwood - ITV News West Country
Stewards supervise the arrivals Credit: Laura Makin Isherwood - ITV News West Country
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Campers take a break at Glastonbury

After queuing for hours many arriving at the festival decide it's time to give the legs a rest before the long trek to find somewhere to pitch.

Going to Glastonbury can be tiring work Credit: Laura Makin Isherwood - ITV News West Country
Some of the crowds taking a break Credit: Laura Makin Isherwood - ITV News West Country

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Wiltshire singer's gig for Glastonbury goers

People travelling by train to the Glastonbury Festival from London were given a special treat this morning, a performance by Gabrielle Aplin. The singer from Wiltshire was performing at Paddington Station as festival goers boarded trains to Castle Cary.

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Glastonbury early birds arrive at campsites

The gates are open and the first campers have been arriving at this year's Glastonbury Festival.

People had been arriving through the night ready to make their way through the gates at 8am.

However, bands won't take to the stage until Friday

The Glastonbury early birds arriving Credit: David Woodland - ITV News West Country
The site waits for visitors Credit: David Woodland - ITV News West Country

Just 24 hours until Glastonbury gates open

The Pyramid stage where the headline acts perform Credit: ITV News West Country

Final preparations are underway for this year's Glastonbury festival which takes place at the weekend. It's just twenty four hours until the gates to the campsites open.

Headliners for this year's festival include Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian. Rain is predicted for the festival, so it could be quite muddy at Worthy Farm.

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£2m makeover for Somerset's Rural Life Museum

A museum in Somerset which attracts around 30,000 visitors a year is to be given a makeover costing nearly £2m to bring its facilities up to date.

The Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury is especially popular among school parties. But it will be closed for two years while the work is carried out.

Bob Cruwys reports:

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