Friday, June 22, 2007

Get Wellies Soon

This island country, which has suffered through a variety of shortages in its history, is now facing, as festival season kicks off, a shortage of wellies, the only footwear capable of withstanding British muck.
We have, it seems, very short memories when it comes to the British weather. In 2005 the Glastonbury festival was an unprecedented mudbath, with hundreds of tents washed away when a month's rain fell in two hours. But as the festival opens today in Pilton, Somerset, there are signs that the possibility of another deluge has come as a surprise to thousands of festival-goers.

Retailers of camping gear - including Argos, Woolworth's, the camping specialists Blacks and Millets, and the specialist welly manufacturer Hunter - are reporting a last-minute surge in demand for wellington boots, tents and waterproof jackets as the 180,000 festival-goers panic.

The past two weeks have been, well, unsettled. It has yet to rain all day, and yet there always seem to be showers wandering about, ready to blow over your home. It seems to happen a few times a day--the classic prob'ly weather.

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Blogger Moonbootica said...

my brother and my sister went to Glastonbury in 1997, the year of the mudbath, and no wellies were being sold at the festival.

this year, lots of wellie stalls.

1:55 PM  
Blogger Schmutz said...

But isn't it always rainy in England?

7:51 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

those are some dirty wellies!

9:18 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Werbenmanjensen said...

It's always rainy when we have visitors, it seems! We are paying for our sunny, mild April, I assure you.

8:16 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

love your blog - mind if i link to you in mine?

4:22 PM  

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