Glastonbury Festival founder made Freeman of Glastonbury

07:50 4 May 2022

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis has been awarded Freedom of the City.

Mr Eavis, full name Athelstan Joseph Michael Eavis, was officially named Freeman of Glastonbury at a ceremony at Town Hall last night (May 3) and was joined by local dignitaries and his daughter, Emily.

It came after Glastonbury City Council voted unanimously to honor Mr Eavis, who was appointed CBE in 2007.

The 86-year-old was named by Glastonbury Mayor Councilor Jon Cousins ​​and Deputy Mayor Councilor Serena Roney-Dougal in recognition of his service to the town and the local economy.

Following the initial vote, Cllr Cousins ​​said, “I can think of no one more apt to receive this honour.

“This is an opportunity to recognize that as founder of the Glastonbury Festival, Michael has helped promote Glastonbury for over 50 years – both nationally and internationally – as a lifetime achievement.”

And Cllr Roney-Dougal said Mr Eavis was held in “high regard” by the city.

“The festival makes a significant contribution to our local economy, as well as providing year-round employment locally and supporting many local organisations, community groups and charitable causes – and internationally raising funds. funds for such ‘worthy’ causes as Oxfam, WaterAid, Greenpeace and CND,” she said.

“Our city’s high regard for Michael is clearly shared by others across the country and the establishment.”

Freeman of Glastonbury Michael Eavis with his new honour, surrounded by city dignitaries and joined by his daughter, Emily
– Credit: Glastonbury City Council

The Freeman of Glastonbury honor is essentially a symbolic award.

However, according to tradition, Mr Eavis now has the right to run his sheep through the center of town.

Jan G. Gilbert