News special: Make Poverty History - Glastonbury throng getsspecial visit from Geldof

Georgina Lock

Glastonbury came to a standstill on Saturday, not from the mud in the aftermath of the storms, but when Bob Geldof appeared on the main stage urging tens of thousands of revellers to make poverty history.

The bands stopped and, on being introduced by festival founder Michael Eavis, Geldof told the crowd: "I want you to individually believe you can change the condition of the most put-upon and beaten-down people on this planet."

His pleas prompted festival-goers to lift their arms and shout "make poverty history" to show their support.

Lisa Martin, a spokeswoman for WaterAid - one of the official festival charities, along with Oxfam and Greenpeace - said: "It was a real solidarity moment."

Scores of charities, including NCH and the National Missing Persons Helpline, set up stalls at the festival to raise funds and awareness.

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