Blue skies, sunshine – and queues of traffic – welcomed the thousands of people who flocked to Glastonbury Festival yesterday morning.

An estimated 5,000 music fans poured through the gates within the first half hour, with many people arriving early to enjoy the glorious summer sunshine. But a problem with a deer running loose on the site meant that the gate opened half an hour later than expected and the delay triggered the start of traffic problems in and around the village of Pilton.

At 8am yesterday large queues had built up on the main road between Street and Glastonbury and the problems on the motorway network only made the situation worse. The festival-goers found themselves stuck in traffic jams for up to four hours all day, but the mood inside the site was typically buoyant.

When the gates finally opened, the patient crowd broke into cheers and then flocked through the turnstiles.
Around 60,000 people were expected to arrive by the end of yesterday. Popular camping fields were filled to the brim as early as lunchtime.

The combination of the unique Glastonbury experience and one of the best line-ups in recent memory meant that this time around there was no repeat of last year