Reading festival troubled by flooding

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Organisers of this weekend’s Reading Festival have been forced to close parts of the campsite as they are still waterlogged after flooding last month.

A car park is being used as an emergency campground and festival-goers have been warned that parts of the site on the banks of the Thames will still be ‘boggy’. Organiser Melvin Benn said: ‘We have recovered to a large extent but not fully and a fair amount of the site is still not campable today.’

He added: ‘The summer has been bloody awful. We will be able to stage the world’s greatest rock festival despite what climate change and the weather have thrown at us. I’ve always said the festival was more important than the weather.’

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