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Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis receives locomotive honour

Michael Eavis unveiling train locomotive Image copyright Grant Hing
Image caption The locomotive was unveiled by Michael Eavis at Paddington station, London

A locomotive has been named after Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis to honour his work in creating the famous arts event.

A brass plate with his name and the festival logo was unveiled on the First Great Western (FGW) locomotive earlier.

During the festival period 50 extra trains are laid on to and from Castle Cary, the nearest station to the festival site in Pilton.

The Eavis locomotive will run between London, South Wales and the South West.

FGW's managing director Mark Hopwood said: "I know Michael is a keen supporter of the railways, and when you consider the number of places this will pass through, it is safe to say thousands more will see the high regard in which he is held across the South West."

During the festival period, some 15,000 festival-goers arrive by train.

The ceremony was held at Paddington Station, London.

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