As part of the ongoing policy to positively promote Glastonbury, the town’s Green Councillors were delighted that the BBC broadcast a feature on the town as part of its coverage of this year’s Glastonbury Festival.
Mayor Jon Cousins said: “Getting maximum exposure for the town during Pilton was a priority discussed with the Festival’s representative on the Town Council’s ‘Promoting Glastonbury Committee’ during May’s meeting, and the idea developed from there.”
The feature was shown prime-time on BBC 2 on the evening of Friday 24th June, and again on BBC2 on the afternoon of Saturday 25th June. An estimated TV audience of 420,000 people watched Friday’s coverage!
BBC Radio 1 also got involved in promoting the town during the Festival, featuring Glastonbury’s Mayor on the Greg James Show’s ‘Mayor of Where’!
“Chris Smith ‘with the News’ and Greg James go head-to-head in the Mayor Of Where, to guess where the Mayor comes from. They asked me if the town had a Roman name, and I said that it was once called ‘Ynis Witrin’... they obviously thought I was in Wales, and seemed quite lost, until they asked if the town was known for any events. I said: well we have an annual carnival and a cultural festival with theatre, arts, some comedy, and the odd Rock ‘n’ Roll band. This seemed to have them stumped for a moment, and then Greg James said wait a minute... It was great fun! ”