The Prime Minister made an unforgettable visit to Worthy Farm in 2000
He may be busy running the country these days, but twenty years ago, Boris Johnson was a journalist making his first visit to the Glastonbury Festival.
And it had a predictably bizarre outcome as the current day Prime Minister was chauffeured around Worthy Farm by singer and left wing activist Billy Bragg as he visited the festival in 2000.
In stark contrast to former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose 2017 visit to the festival went without a hitch and was met by adoring fans, Boris’ journey did not get off to the best start, as he somehow missed his stop at Castle Cary on the way to Somerset, forcing him to catch another train.
Boris – who was then the editor of the Spectator – put the mishap down to “being in a trance” as he and Bragg greeted each other on the platform.
It was on the journey to Pilton that Johnson made a rather comical mispronunciation as he referred to Glastonbury as the hilariously off piste “Glahstonbury”, prompting Bragg to say: “you’re not going to keep saying it like that are you?”
t came down to festival founder Michael Eavis to set the record straight, telling Johnson that “Glahstonbury is for the hunting, shooting and fishing brigade”.
Ah Christ, ah bloody hell, I’m surrounded by nudists now.”Boris Johnson
As if the visit could not get any more bizarre, Boris – who performed in the poetry tent at the festival in a performance that included a rendition of the ancient Greek poem The Iliad – then found himself surrounded by naturists.
It was a turn of events that seemed much to his horror, as he gasped: “Ah Christ, ah bloody hell, I’m surrounded by nudists now.”
Original publication 28 June, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 3rd July 2020
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