Hi readers, it’s all of us here this week, Emily, Kerry and William, sharing Kerry’s experience of festivals, following on from our columns on music over the last two weeks.
So, I Kerry, went to Glastonbury, in 1995, when I was living in North Dorset. I use a wheelchair and had been worried about access, so I wrote a letter to Emily and Michael Eavis asking them about disabled facilities. They were kind to reply and said they had wheelchair access and facilities for people with a disability.
So I went and it was great! I took two support workers with me so they could each have a break some of the time. The disabled facilities were fine, though the toilets were not quite as good by the end of the weekend, but perhaps that is just part of the whole festival experience!
I imagine the disabled facilities have improved a lot since then, especially making sure people in wheelchairs can get around if it’s wet and muddy. I’ve not had a chance to go back since, so don’t know how much better it is now.
That got us all thinking, if a group of us friends might go another year and stay for the weekend. Maybe the three of us will write another letter to Emily Eavis and ask about the disabled facilities now. I, Emily am not sure how easy it would be for me to camp as sleeping so low may be difficult. The idea of going sounds great, and I, William, would be fine and up for it.
We all agree, even if it was raining all weekend, it wouldn’t matter as though it would be nicer in the sun (not too hot) we’d all just get in the mood and get on with it!
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