Rolf kicks off Glastonbury Festival
Published 25/06/2010 | 13:41
Australian entertainer Rolf Harris has kicked off Glastonbury Festival's 40th anniversary with a set full of wobble boards and antipodean charm.
The 80-year-old prompted smiles and dancing among a huge crowd who had braved the early start to catch his eclectic show on the Pyramid Stage.
With the sun beating down, Harris played favourites Two Little Boys, Waltzing Matilda and Stairway to Heaven.
Harris, who found fame as an artist and cartoonist in the 1950s before adding comedy and music to his repertoire, prompted mass singalongs and even led his fans in chants of "There's only one Rolf Harris".
During his rendition of Irish folk classic Irish Rover while singing the lyric about the poor captain's dog drowning, Harris raised a giggle by adding "but we took him down to the Animal Hospital and he is going to make it" in reference to his former television show.
When revellers finally poked their heads from their tents they were greeted with a Glastonbury rarity - blazing sunshine.
Wellington boots were relegated to the rucksack as flip-flops, mini-skirts, shorts and T-shirts - packed more in hope than necessity - became the must-wear items.
And the weathermen agree - it is going to be a belter with predictions of the hottest weekend of the year ahead.
Steve Ellison, a forecaster for Meteogroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said fears of a downpour were disappearing.
"Today is going to be warm and very sunny," he said. "No-one will be getting wet at Glastonbury today."