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  • 30 June 2014, 11:00

Dolly Parton Attracts Huge Glastonbury Crowd

US country music queen Dolly Parton attracted what was the biggest crowd at this year's Glastonbury Festival and said it was an "honour" and a "thrill".

Performing in front of what was thought to be more than 100,000 people, she told them: "I've been waiting a lifetime for this and of course we want all of you to have the best time."

As she played the Pyramid Stage, the crowd sang along to her hits including 9 To 5, Jolene and Blue Smoke.

They also joined her in a song she had composed specially for the festival, where they had to repeat the word "mud".

Parton said: "Thank you so much. It is such an honour and such a thrill to be here at Glastonbury Festival.

"I know you're here to see a whole load of artists at the festival and we're just glad that you came to see me."

The crowd stretched back in all directions with all the walkways leading to the stage full and many complaining they had no chance of seeing the diminutive star.

But as she began 9 To 5 they erupted into cheers, singing along and dancing on the spot.

The steep slope leading down from Worthy Farm to the site was also full of people straining to get a look.

Parton was joined on stage by Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora for Lay Your Hands On Me before her finale, the self-penned song I Will Always Love You which she dedicated to the audience.

Many in the crowd had dressed up in Dolly costumes complete with huge blonde wigs.

Kim Tew, 52, from Corby, Northamptonshire, said: "I think she's fantastic. I've listened to her for a very long time, she was a favourite of my mother's.

"She looks amazing - she's still got it."

Jane Riddiford, 44, from Caerphilly, said: " She's just fantastic. She's been going for years. I knew she would put on the show of the festival."