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Michael Eavis pays tribute to late Glastonbury co-founder

Andrew Kerr co-organised the Glastonbury Fair in 1971

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Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis has paid tribute to his former colleague Andrew Kerr, who died on October 5 at the age of 81.

Kerr organised the Glastonbury Fair in 1971, which followed the inaugural Pilton Pop Festival in 1970. Kerr, Eavis and Arabella Churchill moved the event to the Summer Solstice and welcomed acts including Hawkwind, Traffic and David Bowie.

Kerr was also the man who decided where the Pyramid Stage should be situated, on a leyline between Glastonbury Tor and Stonehenge, which he selected by dousing, according to The Central Somerset Gazette.

On the Glastonbury Festivals website yesterday, Michael Eavis wrote: "Andrew Kerr, who was in his eighty-first year, died today at 2.30pm. He had been ill for some time and went into Yeovil Hospital yesterday. Andrew came to me in 1970 with ideas to run a free festival, and with the help of Arabella Churchill and others he raised the necessary funds."

Eavis concluded: "He brought a new green conviction to Worthy Farm, raising environmental and ecological concerns to a national level of debate for the very first time. His charisma and charm dissolved any opposition to the Festival and the Glastonbury we know now owes so much to his vision."
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