April 8, 2002 15:05

GLASTERS, CHOP CHOP!

Wealthy punters can now beat the queues for a mere £100 one-way from Castle Cary...

GLASTERS, CHOP CHOP!
GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL's move from hippie idyll to huge corporate event continues apace with news that wealthy fans can now hire a helicopter to be whisked to and from the site, bypassing the miles of queues.

A flight operator is offering to ferry festival-goers for just under £100 a ride. Each ride goes from the nearby town of Castle Cary to the site at Worthy Farm in a journey lasting five minutes. Fans wishing to repeat the journey at the end of the festival will have to pay the same price.

However, the exclusive treatment does not end there. For just under £1000, record execs and A List entertainers can take advantage of the Premier Day Package, taking them on and off site, avoiding being caught in Glastonbury's muddy queues. They will also have access to a VIP marquee with seperate showers, toilets, bars and a 24-hour barbque.

The flight operators claim that a number of the major acts on the bill have already booked their places. "I'm not allowed to say who the bands are - but they're good," said Mark Edgley, the man behind the operation. "They are really good."

Edgley recently bought land near the festival site at Worthy Farm in Pilton.

Glastonbury organisers are distancing themselves from Edgley and his business.

"As we are very much supporters of Greenpeace, we're not desperately keen that he use environmentally-unfriendly means of transport and we're not promoting it," festival manager Dick Vernon told the BBC.

However, a message on the official festival website www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk still directs fans to Edgley's company's website.

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