Emily Eavis thanks the Glastonbury Festival goers for their commitment and support.

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Mellie Eves thanked those who attended the Glastonbury festival and said she thought “the best people in the world come here.”

The 42-year-old co-organizer of the event was speaking on the day the festival opened its doors for the first time in three years after it was twice canceled amid corona virus epidemics.

This year’s musical features headliners Billy Ellis, Sir Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar, with Diana Ross replacing the Sunday Tea Time Legends.

“We offered a refund, but very few people picked us up,” Aves told the Glastonbury Free Press, a newspaper on the fair’s site.

“The commitment that people have made to us is definitely not understood and it meant a lot. I really think the best people in the world come here.

The band always says that this audience is the most generous, respectful and willing crowd. So I would like to thank all of you who have cooperated with us and stuck with us for the last three years.

“And now I just hope you all have a great time.”

Festival goers have already been warned to pack for all events – and take their Wales – in Glastonbury, with light rain forecast for Friday and Saturday, followed by heavy rain on Sunday. It will rain

Weather warnings come as late arrivals face more travel disruptions with another train strike on Thursday, which could potentially increase transportation problems to face. They are facing bad driving conditions and flood waters on the roads.

Eaves said the cancellation of Glastonbury in 2020 and 2021 was “a very sad and painful thing to go through.”

He added: “Especially when you cancel and you don’t really know when you’ll be back. But no one has escaped the epidemic – everyone has been affected to some extent. Is.

“And after all, it’s just a festival; great things were happening in the world. But being able to reopen the gates and bring people back together for the purpose of pure happiness is a wonderful thing.”

As the second day of the festival begins, audiences “may need to take refuge if they can” as a thunderstorm spreads across most of southern England, a Met Office meteorologist said. Will

Pinter will be replacing the sun cream for umbrellas at Worth Farm as the weather changes from “wall to wall sunshine” on Thursday morning and “high thunderstorms” in the afternoon from high temperatures.

Talking first about the money lost as a result of the cancellation, he said: “We’ve definitely had some financial struggles.

“It’s been a long time coming. People forget that we are still a free holiday.

“The last two years have been a long way for us to recover, but the important thing is that we are back. And it feels great to be able to focus on the interesting things again.

The festival is held at Worthy Farm in Somerset (UE Mook / PA). / PA Wire

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) and 13 train operators on Network Rail (NR) run less than one in five trains on Tuesday after the first of three walked out, with strikes continuing on Thursday. And more were planned for the week.

Glastonbury is not the only music event affected by this week’s strikes, with the Rolling Stones performing at the British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park on Saturday and the Red Hot Chili Papers at London Stadium on Sunday.

Last-minute changes to the Glastonbury lineup include Rocker Terry Reid’s departure from the Sunday afternoon slot on the Acoustic Stage. He will be replaced by Glenn Tulbrook, who is the lead singer and guitarist of Squeeze.