Mr Eavis, who celebrates his 81st birthday this week, is an inspiration to all involved in outdoor events says NOEA’s president Richard Limb.

“Over 40 years Michael has demonstrated innovation and constantly ensured Glastonbury Festival is a world leader for outdoor events,” said Richard.

“The Festival has put not just a Somerset farm on the map but the county, region, if not the UK, as it is known around the globe. Glastonbury Festival is an inspiration for all those wanting to organise outdoor events.

“It is only right that NOEA, as the UK’s leading outdoor events trade association, recognises this achievement.”

Mr Eavis will be presented with the award at NOEA’s awards dinner being held in Bath on November 24 where guest speaker will be Wells MP James Heappey, who is chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for events.

This year saw a record entry across all categories with events and suppliers from across the country shortlisted.

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