Iconic Glastonbury Festival tower renamed in honour of Tony Benn

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An iconic feature of Glastonbury Festival has been renamed in memory of the Chesterfield MP Tony Benn.

The Left Field Tower will now be called the Tony Benn Tower in honour of the well-known politician, who died aged 88 in March.

Mr Benn made regular appeareances at the festival, which got underway in Somerset today.

Organiser Michael Eavis, 78, said: “What a fantastic fellow – highly principled, a conviction politician.

“He didn’t do what was popular, he did what was right.

“We’re going to miss him so much. How can we replace him, I ask you?”

Writing in the official Glastonbury programme, Michael’s daughter Emily Eavis said: “Tony Benn was a true inspiration and great friend of the festival. A regular speaker in the left field, he loved coming here every year.

“As a tribute, working closely with the late politician’s family, we have renamed the Left Field Tower.

“Heralded as a ‘tower of strength’ by Tony Benn at its launch in 2004, it lies at the heart of the festival.”