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Glastonbury crowds set to give Jeremy Corbyn rock star welcome

25 June 2017

A brotherly reunion always seemed an extremely dim prospect, even at a Glastonbury festival that has seen its share of surprises.

Noel Gallagher was also in attendance at the festival, introducing a screening of last year's Oasis biopic Supersonic and talking for the first time about his reaction to the band's single "Don't Look Back In Anger" becoming an unofficial anthem of resilience in the aftermath of the May 22 Manchester Arena terrorist bomb attack that killed 22 people, many of them children.

Many of the Glastonbury crowd loved the Labour leader's speech.

The politician shared his own memories of visiting Glastonbury Tor as a child and described it as a "magical area" and a place where "people come together and achieve things".

Spreading his message
to global issues, he added: "Let's tackle the causes of war, the greed for natural resources, the denial of human rights, the irrational imprisonment of political opponents".

"Is it right so many people are frightened of where they live at the moment having seen the horrors of Grenfell Tower?"

Corbyn said: "I want children to be able to paint and play music the way they want and this festival gives those children that opportunity".

"That means sharing the wealth".

Severe storm warning issued for SW Crawford County
Some isolated showers will stick around for the morning commute Monday along with areas of patchy haze and fog. This is shown in the graphic below, with a almost two-inch bull's eye over the greater D.C. -Baltimore region.

The now-famous chant of "Ohh, Jeremy Corbyn" to the tune of Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes was heard for at least 20 minutes before he appeared on stage.

The crowd erupted when he quoted a verse from Masque of Anarchy by the poet Shelley: "Rise like lions after slumber, in unvanquishable number, shake your chains to earth like dew, which in sleep had fallen on you - ye are many, they are few".

The Labour leader arrived at the 900-acre musical extravaganza in Pilton, Somerset and met festival staff as well as organiser Michael Eavis, 81. "Politics is about the lives of all of us". It is a very good idea, they need to communicate for the people who will be voting for them.

During Friday's headline slot, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke recited Mrs May's "strong and stable" election slogan, with crowds chanting "Oh, Jeremy Corbyn".

"I wore a Corbyn t-shirt past year, I think he's a wonderful man and I think it's great that he is getting in touch with young voters".

"I do what I believe in, I try to promote what I believe in and change things in politics and I'm happy to be a part of that change".

But Darren Garrett, from Gillingham in Dorset, took a different view. And even now, weeks after the event, I still don't know what to say about it.