A festival-obsessed couple is gearing up for their first Glastonbury weekend as millionaires after winning a National Lottery prize, and they’re in a second-hand caravan.
Stephen Webster, 45, and Arran Taylor, 41, won £1m last year after matching five main numbers and the bonus ball.
The couple, who live in Bridgwater, have been regular attendees of the Somerset Music Festival for over 20 years.
In recent years they have only attended on Sundays for family commitments but this year they will attend the entire event for the first time since they became parents.
Mr. Webster, a control and instrumentation engineer at a power station, said: “My first Glastonbury was a disaster, but I loved it. Since then, I have been to all the festivals.
“Of course, things changed a bit when our first child was born in 2011. Although we carried our eight-week-old baby that year, it was only for one day.
“Since then, that’s what we’ve done, we haven’t camped, we’ve only gone for Sunday.
“However, now that our children are a bit older, the four of us are going to spend the entire weekend for the first time. We are all very excited.”
Ms. Taylor, who has been going to the festival with Mr. Webster since 2002, has many happy memories.
“We have seen amazing live music over the years. U2 is definitely the highlight for me – they played the Sunday night after my oldest son was born so I left it at home and went back to see them because they are my absolute favourites,” he said.
“The thing with Glastonbury though is that it’s not just about the music, although that’s absolutely out of this world, there’s a lot going on that you can’t really plan for, you just have to go with the flow.”
The family will be going to the festival in a second-hand caravan, which will give them access to their own bathroom, fridge and shower.
“I don’t think we’ve ever showered at Glastonbury before, having the caravan will be a complete luxury,” said Ms Taylor, a dispensing optician.
“Planning our visit as lottery winners has been totally different, we haven’t had to think about ways to save money or where we can cut costs, we have been able to focus solely on how to make it the best trip possible.
“And the fact that we’re going with our kids means this Glastonbury will be unlike any other and the four of us can’t wait.
“Honestly, the greatest pleasure will be being able to buy drinks at the bars.
“Usually, because the festival is so long, we get our own drinks and spend most of the weekend drinking lukewarm beer.
“The fact that money is not an issue this time is a wonderful feeling.
“We’ll also be on the lookout for anything a little different and won’t have to think twice about treating ourselves.
“In 2010, there was actually a pop-up restaurant run by some Michelin-starred chefs, and if something like this happens again, we’ll take the opportunity to get involved.
“With the children this year, their tastes are very different from ours. Kids like Billie Eilish, which we wouldn’t necessarily have picked, but they’re desperate to see.”
Mrs. Taylor said that winning the lottery has allowed them to spend more time together as a family.
“I forgot it happened because we try to keep life pretty normal for our kids, but remember, it’s incredibly exciting,” she added.
“There are more opportunities to create good memories with children and take advantage of those opportunities when they arise.”