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Wed 9 Jul 2008 23:00 BBC Radio 4

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 09 July 2008

A profile of Arabella Churchill, the granddaughter of Sir Winston who at the age of 21, with Michael Eavis and Andrew Kerr, was the organiser of a radical music gathering in the English countryside. In 1971, 12,000 people turned out to see a line-up that included Hawkwind, Traffic and David Bowie - and 36 later 153,000 people flocked to what has become one of the most famous gatherings in the world - the Glastonbury festival. Arabella, privately educated debutante and beauty queen, had an eye for the wonderfully weird and fantastically talented, yet only a few of the hundreds of thousands of people who have enjoyed this remarkable event over the past four decades know the debt they owe her.


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