Britain braced for another day of heavy rain and storms
Britain is braced for another day of heavy rain and storms causing flooding, disruption to travellers and another mudbath for Glastonbury-goers.
The Environment Agency has four flood watches in place - at Faustian Beck and Pinxton near Nottingham, the River Doe Lea in Derbyshire, and Frisby near Leicester.
And flooding is also causing problems on the railways, disrupting the journeys of thousands of passengers.
A Network Rail spokesman said the east coast mainline outside Nottingham is blocked by a landslip and the west coast mainline south of Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire is also blocked both ways.
There are also speed restrictions on the line between Manchester and Liverpool because of signalling problems caused by damp cabling.
In Fenny Compton, Warwickshire, the line between Leamington Spa and Banbury, Oxfordshire, was closed at 8pm last night because of water-logging, affecting passengers on Virgin and Chiltern Trains between Birmingham and London.
Virgin Trains said taxis were sent to pick up 100 passengers stranded at Leamington Spa and trains at Birmingham were cancelled or diverted.
Glasgow Queen Street station was shut because of flooding last night but has since reopened, the Network Rail spokesman said.
John Hutchinson, forecaster at MeteoGroup UK, PA's weather division, said the bad weather was set to continue. "There is the potential for there to be some pretty heavy downpours around but the air is not as moist as the past few days so I don't think it will be quite as bad as it could have been," he said.
"There will be some pretty unpleasant conditions around though - particularly in Scotland and in eastern parts of England. Those are the most likely areas although across central southern England there could be a few thunderstorms too."
The morning after the night before at the main stage
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Mudplay: Revellers Hatty Murray and Lindsey Rose take the plunge
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Riding high: Lindsey Rose sits it out on Hatty's back
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Method in their mudness? Kate Eager (left) joins the girls
Fans were refusing to let bad conditions ruin their fun, as they partied in the mud. Long queues formed outside stalls selling Wellington boots and anoraks, as 140,000 people tried their best to forget the rain. Outdoor shop Millets are preparing an emergency tent drop after stores at the site sold out as revellers realised their own were unable to withstand the muddy deluge. An articulated lorry filled carrying 4,500 tents and an extra 8,000 tent pegs will leave Millets' Northampton depot at first light to make the 148 mile journey down to Shepton Mallet.
Land ahoy: Some needed a helping hand to get around
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Peachy keen: Geldof teams wellies with short shorts at the festival
Millets spokeswomen at Glastonbury said: "The problems occur because so many people do not practice putting up a tent before they get to Glastonbury. Loads of people borrow tentsor use an old tent which has meant essential elements such as the poles are missing." Some people even cheered as the heavens opened on the first day, while many bravely faced the conditions - bare chested. Forecaster John Hutchinson at MeteoGroup UK said further showers are expected today but the sun could break through. "We're not talking about beautiful clear blue skies but there will be some sunny spells," he said.
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Giving her Wellies the boot, a Glasto-goer steps out in the mud
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Ears to you: Glastonbury brings out the animal in all of us
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Water show: Dancing queens at Glastonbury
US indie kings The Killers, Paul Weller and Iggy and the Stooges will attract huge crowds this evening. Organiser Michael Eavis said he would be watching American solo artist John Fogerty before rushing across to the Pyramid Stage to see The Killers. Avon and Somerset police said crime remained similar to 2005 levels, with 71 people arrested by yesterday morning. Thomas Buchan, a 24-year-old barman from Bristol, said: "It is difficult to beat the first day, but a little less mud might just do it."
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Damp: already the grounds are beginning to look muddy, and it's only just begun
Dave, 23, a student from Bournemouth, entertains one group by running down a hill then hurling himself onto the mud in his pants. There is, it seems, a sort of bizarre pleasure in the weather, as Peter Stone, 24, a painfully thin man with massive hair tells me, "Unless it rains - we don't really enjoy it." The Glastonbury crowd are an eclectic bunch. There are hand-holding middle aged couples with neat hair, anoraks and hiking boots; very stoned Nu Age types in top-to-toe tye dye and tattoos. Then there are the posh students - arguing loudly and ostentatiously about how much weed they smoked last night before passing out.
And festival fashion? The standard uniform is a combination of wellies, cowboy hats, jeans/flirty skirts/leggings, cleavage (if available) and a can of lager. But some have made some bigger decisions - not all suited to a British monsoon.
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Flaming June? Tens of thousands of revellers soak up the atmosphere
Everything from tutus to go-go girl outfits, three-piece suits, top hats and even five big fat Smurfs - naked but for a couple of litres of blue body paint and a pair of small white briefs, which look suspiciously padded out. To be fair, the weather isn't anyone's fault and there are thousands of helpful staff. But while the entrance - where we're given programmes, special black bracelets, maps and bin bags (which all fall immediately in the mud) - is beautifully organised, the tepee village (an hour's muddy hike from the car park) is less so. "Oh sorry," says the tepee manager, "I think we must have given yours away by accident. But there's another tepee place on the other side of the park."
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A racegoer at Ascot and a music fan at Glastonbury
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Muddy delight. Two friends share a laugh (pic:getty)
The sea of mud in front of the Pyramid stage (pic:getty)
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A tent blows away in heavy wind (Anthony Devlin/PA Wire)
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Glastonbury festival goers stand on an installation by the artist Banksy to celebrate the Summer Solstice at the stone circle (Anthony Devlin/PA)
More than an inch of rain in an hour and flood waters of nearly three feet in the Cornish village of Boscastle were a vivid reminder of the devastation of 2004.
Firefighters said three shops and two cottages had to be pumped out after they were swamped. Sky News viewer Shelley Barratt emailed us these photographs of the area - and her flooded home, Orchard Lodge.
There have been no reports of injuries, or people needing to be evacuated from their houses.
A spokesman for Cornwall Fire Brigade said flood defences installed after the 2004 floods had contained much of the wate
Resident Rose Martin, who lives at the top of the village, told Sky News she had been worried the village was about to experience a repeat of the devastation of three years ago.
"I thought 'Oh God, here we go again'," she said.
The effect on the village in August 2004 was far more profound with the cost said to be millions of pounds.
Many people were forced from their homes and could not return to clear up for weeks.
Experts said it was a miracle that no-one was killed or seriously injured when the torrent swept down the main street.
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A reveller with an umbrella watches a performance on the Pyramid.
Revellers get a taste for the mud.
As the party went on around them, organisers did their best to clear the mud.
But like this young music fan, most festival goers were dirty but not defeated by the conditions.
With more rain forecast for Sunday, the wellies were certainly out in force.
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