A local B&B owner said Glastonbury Tor turned into an ‘illegal festival’ over the weekend (Image: SomersetLive/ WS)
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Glastonbury Tor turned into an "illegal festival" over the weekend as large crowds flocked to the beauty spot for the summer solstice, a local B&B owner has said.
Bryan, in a statement on behalf of Ashwell Lane Residents, said there were scenes of "complete chaos" as partygoers descended on the Tor for the traditional Pagan celebration after Stonehenge was closed due to Covid.
They spent the weekend at the National Trust site, setting up tents and dancing, singing and chanting on the hill, SomersetLive reports.
"Glastonbury Tor has literally turned into an illegal festival this weekend. This was completely foreseeable as it's Solstice and Stonehenge is closed," Bryan said.
"The parking/traffic/anti-social behaviour issues surrounding the Tor have been known for quite some time yet nothing was done to prepare for this weekend and it is now complete chaos.
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Large crowds descended onto the beauty spot to celebrate summer solstice
(Image: SomersetLive/ WS)
"Why have the police not closed the roads surrounding the Tor as they did previously on New Years?
"Where are the parking wardens or National Trust park rangers enforcing the no camping rules?
"There are approximately 60 vehicles parked all along the clearway, not to mention all the vehicles on Ashwell Lane, and at least 20-30 tents in the money box field alone.
"And need we must remember there are no toilets for visitors to the Tor so you can only imagine what has been taking place."
Bryan added: "Our B&B guests last night hadn't been to Glastonbury for a few years and they commented that the town is 'completely going down the toilet' and they won't be back anytime soon.
"Many other guests have stated the same to us and these are people that have been visiting Glastonbury for decades.
"Our guests did not even bother to go up the Tor this visit as they felt intimidated."
It follows reports of summer solstice revellers swarming Stonehenge on the longest day of the year despite Covid cancelling the annual event.
The gathering at Stonehenge was cancelled for the second year running after the Government delayed the next stage of lockdown easing.
But police said they were forced to close access to part of the Ridgeway after a large number of cars turning up.
English Heritage also pulled a live feed of the summer solstice sunrise at Stonehenge after people disregarded advice not to travel to the site.
The Mirror has contacted Avon and Somerset Police and the National Trust for a comment.