Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis is remaining upbeat about the event despite forecasts predicting heavy thunderstorms over the weekend.

Almost 100,000 festival-goers are already estimated to have arrived at his small farm in the Somerset village of Pilton for the year's ultimate music celebration  which officially begins tomorrow.

Eavis revealed that the number of revellers who had arrived early for the festival had doubled compared to those for the last event in 2005.

"We were walking around the site at about 00.20 BST and they are all so excited," the famous farmer said.

Brushing aside fears of bad weather, which seems to have become part of the Glastonbury experience, he added: "This is the best place in Britain to be at the moment."

Meanwhile as Glastonbury attendees pitch their tents ready for a weekend of entertainment, local police are reminding people that they will be acting to deter any criminal activity at the festival.

Avon and Somerset police have established a special compound at the festival site, which is next door to Eavis' Worthy Farm and undercover officers will be patrolling the area on the lookout for any wrongdoing.

Tomorrow the first of the musical acts to play this year's Glastonbury will take to the festival's various stages, with the Artic Monkeys, Amy Winehouse and The Magic Numbers among those due to perform.

21/06/2007 14:26:21