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Mud 'an iconic part of festivals'

Posted 21 June 2011
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Mud 'an iconic part of festivals'
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Those going to festivals this summer often enjoy the prospect of mud, according to a new survey from Glastonbury charity partner Oxfam.

It revealed 71 per cent are not put off by the ground being less than solid, while 36 per cent describe it as "iconic".

Good walking boots and waterproofs may be useful for those staying in tents at Glastonbury this week or at upcoming festivals.

There was a north-south divide of opinion, with 22 per cent of northerners regarding mud as "part of the festival experience", compared with just 11 per cent of southerners and only seven per cent of Londoners.

People going to festivals this year might wish to make sure they have very good tents to deal with whatever the weather may throw at them.

According to the Met Office, the weather situation at Glastonbury has seen some major variations in recent years.

Last year saw people struggling with heatstroke in the sun, while 2009 brought heavy rain and spectacular thunderstorms.