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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.

Late apple blossom is good news for cider makers

Spectacular blossoms are signs of a good apple harvest Credit: National Association of Cider Makers

Cider-makers in the Westcountry are celebrating the best apple tree blossom in more than a decade.

Last year’s bad weather spelled disaster for growers and cider makers in the region after cold and wet weather devastated crops and crippled the harvest.

This year’s blossom has arrived around two weeks late – but is bigger and stronger than cider chiefs could have hoped for.

Neil McDonald runs Orchard Ground Force, an artisan cider producer based near Glastonbury. He said: “This is by far the best blossom I have seen in at least ten years. Last year was worrying – it started with a poor blossom and got worse from there. Around 30 per cent of crop was destroyed.

“In the last few days the trees in our orchards have blossomed beautifully. It means this year is looking exceedingly promising. We’re expecting a terrific crop in a couple of months."

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