By ROSIE TAYLOR
It may be notorious for its wet weather and seas of mud but they were nowhere to be seen today as the rain and clouds cleared and the sun made a welcome appearance at Glastonbury Festival.
Unprecedented crowds gathered at the Pyramid stage for the Rolling Stones' set. It is the first time the legendary rockers have played at Worthy Farm and their appearance has been hotly-anticipated, with thousands of fans wearing Stones t-shirts and masks
Crowds who yesterday wore wellies and raincoats, took advantage of the afternoon's warm weather by stripping down to beachwear and lying on the grass at Worthy Farm, in Somerset, for a spot of sunbathing.
Celebrities have flocked to the festival, with Prince Harry rumoured to be accompanying on-off girlfriend Cressida Bonas who was seen near the Park Stage.
The viewing area at the Pyramid Stage was extended to allow for the crowds expected to be in place for the start of their 9.30pm set, with festival organiser Michael Eavis saying he was worried the band could prove to be too popular.
Public Enemy and Chase & Status are performing on other stages at the same time - but for many of the 135,000 ticket holders, the Stones are the main draw of the weekend.
Fans are busy guessing who the band's special guests will be - with bets placed on Bruce Springsteen and Adele - and the meaning of the giant mechanical phoenix on top of the stage.
Chris Kneller, 25, a Formula One design engineer from Maidstone, Kent, said: 'It's going to be one of those classic Glastonbury moments. There's a bit of anticipation because of the massive bird on the Pyramid - there's never been anything on it before.
'It got pretty bad with Arctic Monkeys there last night, so I can't imagine how crowded it will get though.'
Adam Robinson, a 25-year-old personal trainer from Ipswich, said: 'It's probably the only time we'll ever see the Stones. I know the festival organisers have been trying to get hold of them for a long time, so there will be a brilliant atmosphere.
'I predict there will be a massive singalong.'
Victoria Hamilton, 25, from Swansea, wearing a t-shirt showing the Stones in their 60s heyday, said: 'I don't know how they do it at their age. I'd love it if Adele came on with them.'
David Knight, 56, from Glastonbury, is looking forward to seeing Sir Mick Jagger perform for the fourth time.
'It's going to be pretty amazing to have them here,' he said. 'It's the biggest festival in the world and the world's greatest rock and roll band. I think they go together very well.'
Sir Mick's brother also lives in Glastonbury and could well be among the audience, along with Jade and Elizabeth Jagger.
festival site was dry enough for sunbathing, with the usual seas of mud nowhere to be seen
Celebrities including Wayne and Colleen Rooney and Kate Moss are expected to be watching the 2hr 15min set, the first hour of which will be televised on the BBC.
Guitarist Keith Richards said this week that the band was 'destined' to make an appearance at Glastonbury, despite turning down a slot for many years, and declared: 'It had to be done.'
In an interview about the performance posted online, guitarist Richards said: 'I mean there were many years when we were offered it and turned it down. I look upon it as a culmination of our British heritage really. It had to be done and it's gonna be done, and we'll see what happens, you know.'
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