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Mud, traffic jams, queues and more mud: Glastonbury is no craic so far

Some clever people brought wheelie bins and airport trolleys to transport their gear.

GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL-GOERS’ ENDURANCE skills are really being put to the test this year.

Thousands of revellers faced massive delays getting to the UK music festival yesterday and were greeted with a sea of mud on arrival at the campsite.

Festival organisers apologised after thousands of people were stuck in queues of up to 12 hours as traffic chaos hit all major routes to the site.

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One ticket-holder told the BBC he was stuck in a queue for four-and-a-half hours but only moved half a mile. More than 100,000 people were due to descend on Worthy Farm for the five-day event.

Event founder Michael Eavis said he was “sorry for the delay” but said the problem was because “people were coming before the gates were open” at 8am yesterday.

Heavy rain over a prolonged period has caused isolated flooding and muddy fields at the Somerset site, meaning people who missed out on tickets were feeling rather smug.

Glastonbury Festival 2016 - Preparations Source: Yui Mok

Photos from the event showed people dragging their belongings through the mud, with some forward-thinking revellers bringing wheelie bins and airport trolleys with them.

Glastonbury Festival 2016 - Preparations Source: Yui Mok

Many people took to Twitter to joke about conditions at the festival.

Concern has been expressed about the festival clashing with today’s Brexit referendum, with no polling stations on-site. Instead, revellers were encouraged to register for a postal vote in advance.

Meanwhile, a vigil will be held at the festival this afternoon in memory of Labour MP Jo Cox, who was killed last week.

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