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Couple celebrate Glastonbury in style by getting engaged

By Amanda Ferguson

Published 27/06/2015

Two festival-goers pose with a sunflower at Glastonbury yesterday
Two festival-goers pose with a sunflower at Glastonbury yesterday
Fans enjoy the performance of Alabama Shakes
Soak, who plays the Other Stage tomorrow
Mary J Blige performing on the Pyramid Stage
Festival-goers wait for The Charlatans to take the stage
Claire Ward from Belfast, who will be on stage today with her partner Jarrod Dickenson

A couple from Co Down have become engaged at Glastonbury Festival in spectacular style.

IT programmer Michael Stevenson from Donaghadee proposed to civil servant Hannah Leslie (29) from Bangor yesterday afternoon.

Hannah said: "We were on a wooden Greenpeace boat. He climbed to the top and they made him dress up as a fish to go down the slide," Hannah said.

"He told me to film him and on his way down held out a flag saying: 'Will you marry me?'"

The couple have been together for eight years and are celebrating their engagement by taking in some gigs.

"It was such a surprise," Hannah said. "I am over the Moon.

"He gave me a Claddagh ring and then we are going to shop for a proper one. We are celebrating by seeing Motorhead, Patti Smyth and Hot Chip."

There is a strong Northern Ireland performance contingent taking the ultimate music festival by storm this weekend.

Glastonbury, which was founded by Michael Eavis in 1970, is in full swing, with The Who set to close the festival on the Pyramid Stage tomorrow night.

Drummer Gerry Morgan from Newry was on stage with James Bay on Friday and Londonderry woman Bridie Monds-Watson, better known as Soak, is returning to Glastonbury this year to perform on the Other Stage at midday tomorrow.

Her mother Aisling is looking forward to seeing Ben Howard today and, of course, Soak on Sunday.

"She is looking forward to Sunday," Aisling told the Belfast Telegraph.

"It's lovely for her. She is really excited."

Alt-folk troubadour Ciaran Lavery from Aghagallon performs at Glastonbury today, as does Claire Ward, a singer from Belfast who will be on stage with her partner Jarrod Dickenson in the acoustic tent.

"It is our first time at Glastonbury," Claire said.

"We can't wait. We are so excited. It is a bit surreal to be performing here.

"I am also hoping to catch The Staves and Lionel Ritchie. It should be a great weekend."

Carolyn Mathers from Belfast is at Glastonbury checking out new bands for her arts development company Snow Water.

"What's great this year is that the ground has been really dry for a change," she said.

"It's not a mud bath, people are still in their flipflops and trainers, no wellies yet.

"I am looking forward to Kanye West, The Who, Lionel Ritchie, Young Fathers, Belle and Sebastian and Alt J.

"It is great to see so many performers from Northern Ireland, including Rainy Boy Sleep, Lost Brothers, Soak, Ciaran Lavery and Duke Special."


Glastonbury is popular with music fans from all over the world. It began the day after guitar legend Jimi Hendrix died in 1970. Around 1,500 watched acts including Marc Bolan, Keith Christmas, Stackridge, Al Stewart, and Quintessence — all for the handsome sum of £1 including milk from the farm.

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