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Last Updated: Monday, 27 June, 2005, 11:13 GMT 12:13 UK
Glastonbury fans begin trek home
Glastonbury
Well over 100,000 music fans enjoyed bands amid the mud and sunshine
Glastonbury fans are heading home after dance act Basement Jaxx brought the curtain down on one of the most memorable festivals of recent years.

Festival-goers leaving on Monday morning were facing long traffic queues in and around the site.

The sun returned for the final day of the festival, which was hit by heavy rain and floods on Friday and saw more than 400 tents submerged.

Much of the mud had dried when some fans started the trek home on Sunday.

Temporary traffic lights set up to flow festival-goers off the site have led to long tailbacks on the A37 and A361.

Large queues have also formed at Castle Cary rail station, where extra trains have been laid on to ferry revellers to London and other destinations.

Outlandish costumes

Aside from the mud and flooding, talking points included Bob Geldof's appearance and Coldplay's headline set.

Festival-goers' views on this year's Glastonbury

Basement Jaxx were moved up the bill to Sunday's top slot a month ago when Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Like Coldplay the previous night, they paid tribute to Kylie by playing a cover of her hit Can't Get You Out of My Head.

They got the Pyramid Stage crowd moving with their dance hits, featuring five singers in outlandish costumes, a Brazilian band and dancers.

Former Beach Boys star Brian Wilson, ex-Stone Roses singer Ian Brown, veteran rocker Van Morrison and pop favourites The Beautiful South were also on the bill for Sunday.

Coldplay played a popular set on Saturday while The White Stripes headlined on Friday.

Geldof took to the Pyramid Stage on Saturday, one week before Live 8, to urge fans to support the Make Poverty History campaign.

'Really big drain'

Meanwhile festival founder Michael Eavis is looking at ways to avoid a repeat of the flooding that caused chaos.

He said the festival had been "pretty damned good, really" and told reporters he would rather have had rain than "boring continuous sun".

How Glastonbury's flooded field looked on Sunday

Many tents were overwhelmed after a storm hit the Somerset site on the festival's first day.

The worst-affected field was next to a disused railway embankment on a neighbour's farm, which is used as a campsite. The problem was caused by inadequate drains there, Mr Eavis said.

"We can't tear other people's farms about, that's the problem," he told the BBC News website.

"I said to my neighbour, we need to put a really big drain through the railway line."

The next festival will be held in 2007 to give Mr Eavis and his fellow farmers a chance to let their land recover from the event.

Michael Eavis
Mr Eavis wants to avoid a repeat of the flood
Despite the flooding being "a bit of a nightmare", Mr Eavis said: "The sun makes people lethargic and rain stimulates the character."

The camping area where people were seen swimming and canoeing after torrential rain on Friday was mostly dry by Sunday.

Fire services pumped three million litres of water out of the area, leaving it strewn with litter, sleeping bags, tent poles and mud-covered tents.

Most tents have been abandoned but owners have been returning to salvage possessions.

'Spirit of Glastonbury'

Roger Daffurn and Cassandra Radcliffe grabbed important items as the water "came in a massive rush" on Friday morning.

The couple went back on Sunday, saying: "We're going to take what we can but it's not worth taking most things."

Roger Daffurn and Cassandra Radcliffe
Roger Daffurn and Cassandra Radcliffe fled Friday's flood
They have been sleeping in friends' tents because they were determined to stay at the festival and have a good time, they said.

"It's my first time to any festival or gig whatsoever, so I'm not letting a bit of rain ruin my fun," Ms Radcliffe said.

Mr Daffurn added: "It's the spirit of Glastonbury - everyone's really been really friendly and helped us out."

Police hailed the festival as "very safe", saying non-drug-related crime was down 40% on last year and down 88% compared with the event in 2000.


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