Priddy Pool Free Festival July 1979
been going to "underground" rock concerts and the like for some
years (I suppose it started around 1971 with a Hawkwind concert in Liverpool
(the Space Ritual tour). Sadly, I never took a camera to any of these
events until I cam across the Priddy Pool Festival whilst on summer holiday
friend and myself were doing a motorbike holiday of the West country,
we'd been down to Cornwall and had now made our way back to near Glastonbury,
having heard rumours of a free festival in the area. It was getting a
bit late when we met up with the convoy as it was setting up on common
land at Priddy Pool..
drove onto the site, past camp fires and stalls selling all sorts of stuff
and found a place to put up the tent. I was a bit nervous at first, I'd
met a few travellers before, but had never actually stayed with any. I
ended up staying on site for two weeks before I was faced with the choice
of chucking my job in or going back to London. I did go back to work,
but ever since Priddy I've had more than just a soft spot for this community.
first few nights we had a fair range of music (Nick Turner had supplied
his famous stage), the festy really only lasted a couple of days though,
after that it became a traveller site.
was a pub just down the road (past the police cars which were keeping
an eye on us) and they provided a back room for us to use, they didn't
seem to mind us too much, although they did come round at regular intervals
to empty the ashtrays. It has to be said though that other pubs in the
area had "No Hippy" signs in the window.
way of thanks I seem to remember the pub was given a present of toilet
rolls to make up for the strain we had put on its toilet provision.
half the site, Nick Turners stage is in the distance
Last Homely House. These guys were the first travellers I really
got to know
friend Chris, my bike (Honda CB 200) and my tent. The other guys
were living in a "Plastic pig" - a Reliant three wheeler
first for me - Beanburgers. This bean burger stall was run by a
group of miners from Yorkshire.
the camp fire of the Last Homely house. I've always been impressed
by the way traveller kids run around and play, something normal
"battery reared" suburban kids seem to miss out on.
lets be honest :)
on the left (from Wales somewhere) and Fez from Manchester.
the crashed out person in the background. He did wake up.
just to prove it, me and Fez.
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