GLASTONBURY festival this week, then, and, while Richard Hawley won’t be attending, as reported in this column, one Sheffielder who will be is Scott Barton.
He’s the events promotor behind the city’s Fright Night Halloween street party and the After Dark firework spectacular. He’s perhaps best known for driving a converted American yellow school bus around the city. It acts as his office, occasional mobile home and advertising unit.
And, as previously revealed in The Diary, he’ll be taking the vehicle to the Pilton festival - where it will be converted into a stage in the Theatre Field.
“We can’t wait,” says the 46-year-old of Crosspool. “The beauty is the last act finishes at 7pm every day so we can then enjoy the rest of what’s going on - and sleep on the bus. We’ve actually just had a porcelain toilet installed, so I reckon we’ll have the best loos at Glastonbury.”
THAT loo, incidentally, has been nicknamed the DollyLav.
“The bloke who did told us it was the exact same toilet as Dolly Parton had installed on her tour bus,” explains Scott. “I can’t use it now without humming Jolene.”
PRAISE for Sheffield this week from no lesser figure than Lord Melvyn Bragg.
The broadcaster - best known for presenting The South Bank Show - has complimented the Steel City after visiting for Doc/Fest.
“I was stunned by the splendour that those who run Sheffield have made of a town which seemed at one stage to have everything going against it,” he blogged. “It looks like a modern European city from the moment you come out of the railway station.”