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Huge Glastonbury clean-up operation started after sea of rubbish and tents left behind

Huge Glastonbury clean-up operation started after sea of rubbish and tents left behind

The iconic festival has come to an end for another year, and the mammoth clean-up begins

It's the morning after the night before, with crowds of revellers waking up in a hazy fog as they begin the long journey home from Glastonbury.

Last night (25 June) saw Elton John round off a huge weekend of music with what could very well be his last ever gig in the UK.

The barn-storming set was packed with banger after banger, from 'Tiny Dancer' and 'Bennie and The Jets' to 'Rocket Man' and 'I'm Still Standing'.

But as with all good things, they must come to an end, and the 200,000 or so festival goers are currently trying to make their way out of Worthy Farm.

In a perfect world, people would bring just what they need for the weekend, no more, no less, and pack it all up and take it with them when the party's over.

Sir Elton John blew fans away with his incredible headline set.
PA

Every year, Michael Eavis and organisers urge people to 'leave no trace'.

Organisers wrote on Twitter: “When you’re packing up your tent, please put your rubbish in the bin bags provided by campsite stewards and take home all of your belongings to use again next time!

"Thank you. Love the farm, leave no trace!”

Sadly, though, this never quite goes according to plan.

The morning after the night before.
SWNS

Photos taken this morning (26 June) show an almost deserted camp site filled with empty cans, paper cups, plastic bags, tents, and even gas canisters. It's a tip.

Luckily, though, an army of kind volunteers have taken to clearing it all up.

I mean, it shouldn't really come to this, but litter pickers are currently making their way around the site to clear the farm up.

Pictures from the festival grounds show hundreds of people combing the site to rid the picturesque landscape of any remnants of what has no doubt been a very heavy weekend for most.

Dozens of litter pickets comb Glastonbury, clearing the site of rubbish left behind.
SWNS

Those lucky enough to get tickets for the iconic festival were treated to a plethora of incredible acts, including the Arctic Monkeys, Loyle Carner, Guns N' Roses, Lana Del Rey, Rick Astley, Blondie, Lil Nas X... the list goes on.

Glasto always delivers on a huge line-up, and this year was no different.

Some think that Sir Elton's set was the most watched headliner the festival has ever seen too, with over 100,000 clambering to get a spot by the Pyramid Stage.

Stunned fans watching the coverage at home couldn't believe what they were seeing as a camera panned over the audience, which stretched into the distance.

Sir Elton played to what might be the 'biggest ever' Glastonbury crowd.
BBC

"Is this the biggest Glastonbury crowd ever?" asked one viewer.

Another commented: "I would bet my life that Elton John is gonna be the biggest ever crowd at Glastonbury. It is insane on the Pyramid Stage already."

"Elton opens with 'Pinball Wizard'. Fireworks blast from behind the Pyramid Stage," put a third.

"The crowd goes nuts. The first 30 seconds of this set are already better than anything any other headliner has done all weekend."

While someone else added: "You know when they say legend it’s not taken lightly describing Elton John… I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many in the crowd at Glastonbury."

Say what you want about the man, but Elton knows how to put on a show.

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: UK News, Glastonbury, Music, Celebrity