Michael Eavis pays tribute to ‘remarkable’ Glastonbury Festival legend

Tributes were paid to Glastonbury Festival’s longtime business manager Robert Richards, who died aged 65.

Festival founder Michael Eavis led the tributes to Mr Richards, describing him as a “remarkable man”.

As well as being a key figure at the world-renowned music festival for several years, Mr Roberts also ‘leaved an inspiring legacy for the town of Glastonbury’ through his ‘enthusiasm, energy and creativity’ working with the Glastonbury Town Deal Board. .

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A statement from Michael Eavis read: “Robert Richards died yesterday at Guy’s Hospital, London, after a short illness. He was 65.

“He worked for the festival for over 30 years. His first job was setting up the CND’s information and campaign stands and he was the producer of Julien Temple’s film Glastonbury in 2006.

“Over the past few years, Robert has been responsible for partnerships, major commercial deals and sponsorship, and he helped secure the license for the festival to continue into 2014.”

The statement adds: “In addition to this work, Robert has assisted me personally on projects in the village of Pilton, including the large social housing project and the village store.

“He was also chairman of the Glastonbury Town Fund Board which raised £24m for the town in 2021.

“I am personally very sad and devastated to lose this remarkable man whom I will struggle to replace.

“Now that the fever of life and his days are past, may God give his soul the rest it deserves.

“Thank you Robert.”

Tributes were also paid by personalities from local authorities.

Julie Reader-Sullivan, Head of Planning and Growth at Mendip District Council and Head of Support Team for the Glastonbury Town Deal, said: “We were saddened to hear the tragic news of Robert Richards, whose the loss will be keenly felt throughout the Glastonbury community, Somerset as a whole, and further afield.

“As chairman of the Glastonbury Town Deal Board, he has been an inspiration, getting things done from a good start and driving this ambitious vision for the town.

“His wealth of enthusiasm, energy and creativity, combined with his vast knowledge and experience, made him a stimulating person to work with, while his good-natured nature made him a pleasure to be around.

“Through his work with the Glastonbury Town Deal, he has undoubtedly left an inspiring legacy for the town.

“He will be greatly missed. Our deepest condolences go out to all of his family and friends at this very sad time.”

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Jan G. Gilbert