Michael Eavis regrets booking The Wombles for Glastonbury

Festival founder has upset Mike Batt and Uncle Bulgaria

Michael Eavis regrets booking The Wombles for Glastonbury

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Michael Eavis has upset fans of The Wombles by saying he regrets booking them for Glastonbury.

Wimbledon Common's finest are playing the Avalon Stage on Sunday (June 26) at this year’s event. But festival founder Eavis has now said that he thinks booking them was "a bit of a mistake".

He said: "I've got about 25 stages and managers and bookers for each of the stages. I can't control every single one of them but I do get cross about that kind of thing," according to BBC News.

Wombles creator Mike Batt responded with disappointment to Eavis' comments saying he was "a bit surprised" to hear them. He said: "He probably doesn’t realise what a fantastic live act The Wombles are."

"Uncle Bulgaria told me he thinks Mr Eavis is probably perfectly aware that festivals like his are so popular because they offer an eclectic mix for everybody. It isn't very nice to think that you have been booked at a festival where you aren't welcome, but we hope Mr Eavis will pop along to the Avalon Stage on Sunday to check out the reaction for himself."

"We might even give him a glass of Madame Cholet's special dandelion cordial. Contrary to what he says, the Avalon is a substantial stage and there is huge excitement about The Wombles' appearance.”

Batt created the band, based on the childrens' TV series about the furry creatures with a fondness for recycling. They enjoyed nine hit singles, including 'Remember You’re A Womble'.

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