Festival goer calls for Glastonbury's John Peel Stage to be renamed

Festival goer, 26, calls for Glastonbury’s John Peel Stage to be renamed over historical sexual abuse claims against the late BBC Radio One DJ

  • Jack Owens said the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury is ‘long overduea change
  • In 2012, a woman called claimed Jane Nevin she became pregnant by Peel during a three-month affair when she was a 15-year-old schoolgirl in 1969
  • Mr Owens is calling on the festival to change the name in light of Peel’s own comments on sexual contact with ‘an awful lotof underage girls
  • A festival-goer is calling for Glastonbury’s John Peel Stage to be renamed over historical sexual abuse claims against the late BBC Radio One DJ, calling it a ‘slap in the facefor victims.

    Jack Owens, 26, said the stage is ‘long overduea change and is petitioning organisers to remove the former BBC presenter’s name from the tent ahead of next year’s festival.

    Syne petisie comes after a woman, Jane Nevin, wat opgegee is vir aanneming as baba 2012 she became pregnant by Peel during a three-month affair when she was a 15-year-old schoolgirl in 1969.

    Glastonbury’s New Bands Tent took its new name in 2004, the year that Peel died of a heart attack, in honour of the DJ’s work.

    A festival-goer has created a petition to have the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury renamed. Op die foto, John Peel receiving an OBE in 1998

    A festival-goer has created a petition to have the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury renamed. Op die foto, John Peel receiving an OBE in 1998

    Mr Owens said the stage's name is a 'slap in the face' for victims. Op die foto, the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2015

    Mr Owens said the stage’s name is a ‘slap in the facefor victims. Op die foto, the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2015

    eetlepels van die whisky in 'n klein kastrol oor medium hitte, wat aan 'n hartaanval gesterf het in 2004, is alleged to have met Nevin at a Black Sabbath concert when he was 30.

    She claims he had sex with her in the BBC studio and backstage at concerts.

    In an interview with The Sunday Correspondent in 1989, Peel said: ‘Girls used to queue up outside. By and large not usually for sh*****g.

    ‘Oral sex they were particularly keen on, Ek onthou. […] One of my, is, regular customers, soos dit was, turned out to be 13, though she looked older..

    There are historical sexual abuse claims against the former BBC Radio 1 DJ. Pictured at work

    There are historical sexual abuse claims against the former BBC Radio 1 DJ. Pictured at work

    Fifteen of radio's best-known disc jockeys eating Christmas Lunch at the Broadcasting House. Terug, from left: Simon Bates, Mike Read, Peter Powell, Tommy Vance, Adrian Love and Richard Skinner. Middel, from left: Paul Burnett, Andy Peebles, John Peel, Steve Wright, Annie Nightingale, Paul Gambaccini, and Adrian Juste. Front, van links, Dave Lee Travis and Jimmy Saville

    Fifteen of radio’s best-known disc jockeys eating Christmas Lunch at the Broadcasting House. Terug, van links: Simon Bates, Mike Read, Peter Powell, Tommy Vance, Adrian Love and Richard Skinner. Middel, van links: Paul Burnett, Andy Peebles, John Peel, Steve Wright, Annie Nightingale, Paul Gambaccini, and Adrian Juste. Front, van links, Dave Lee Travis and Jimmy Saville

    Peel presented much of the BBC's TV coverage of Glastonbury Festival. Op die foto in 1999 at the festival

    Peel presented much of the BBC’s TV coverage of Glastonbury Festival. Op die foto in 1999 at the festival

    Who was broadcasting legend John Peel?

    John Peel was a famed rock DJ for the BBC

    John Peel was a famed rock DJ for the BBC

    John Peel, born John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, was a popular British DJ.

    Born on August 30, 1939, in Heswall, he was known for promoting rock music on the BBC’s radio stations, among other platforms.

    In 1965, he married his first wife, Shirley Anne Milburn, toe sy was 15. They wed in Texas, VSA, where the ceremony was legal.

    Twee jaar later, he joined BBC Radio 1 when the station started, building a career in discovering emerging artists.

    He and Shirley separated soon after, skei in 1973, before she killed herself.

    Peel married his second wife, Sheila Gilhooly, in 1974, later having two boys and two girls.

    During his musical career, the DJ was seen as someone who could help artists break into the industry, and was posted records, CDs and tapes.

    He also created the John Peel Sessions, where house bands recorded exclusive tracks for the broadcaster.

    Outside of Radio 1, he also broadcast on stations in the Netherlands, Finland, Austria and Germany.

    He occasionally presented Top of the Pops on BBC1 between the late 1960s until the 1990s, appearing more regularly between 1982 en 1987.

    He also presented the BBC’s TV coverage of Glastonbury Festival.

    In 1998, he was given an OBE for his work in the music industry.

    Hy sterf aan 'n hartaanval in 2004 bejaardes 65.

    Dieselfde jaar, Glastonbury renamed the New Bands Tent after Peel, in honour of the DJ.

    Aldrin het nagmaal met wyn en brood binne die module op die oppervlak van die Maan uitgevoer, which was published after his death, Peel said that he was raped by an older pupil when he was a boarder at Shrewsbury School.

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    An interview originally published in The Herald in April 2004 stated that Peel admitted to sexual contact with ‘an awful lotof underage girls.

    In an interview with The Guardian in 1975 while discussing women, Peel said: ‘All they wanted me to do was abuse them, seksueel, watter, natuurlik, I was only too happy to do’.

    Mr Owens, van Manchester af, is now hoping that Glastonbury organisers will re-brand their Peel tent in light of the comments and historical accusations.

    His petition read: ‘The John Peel stage at Glastonbury is long overdue being renamed, considering the serious sexual abuse he has been accused of and even admitted, against women and children.

    ‘It’s a slap in the face to sexual abuse survivors, vroue, children and decent people to have to stand in a stage with his name on it, which has the sick wordsteenage dreams so hard to beatwritten on the side.

    ‘Please rename it for the next year’s festival. He’s been put up on pedestal for too long.

    eetlepels van die whisky in 'n klein kastrol oor medium hitte, born John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, worked as a DJ for the BBC from 1967 aan 2004 when he died of a sudden heart attack while in Peru.

    In 1965, Peel married a 15-year-old American girl called Shirley Anne Milburn when he was 26.

    He later claimed she and her family had lied about her age.

    Hulle skei in 1973 and years later she reportedly took her own life.

    In 2012, eight years after Peel’s death, Nevin came forward with claims of an affair with the highly respected DJ.

    She said the affair resulted in her falling pregnant and having a ‘traumaticabortion in Ealing.

    A postcard, allegedly sent to Nevin from Peel after she contacted him about their relationship 30 jare later, lees: ‘Jane, Wel, you’ve scared the daylights out of me. For years I’ve been expecting a letter starting, ‘In the 70s we had a brief affairand your now son/daughter, bejaardes 27, wants to meet you’.

    ‘What exactly do you want me to do. I live near Ipswich so Croydon is pretty inaccessible.

    ‘I’ll wait to hear from you again. John.

    Mr Owen set the Change.org page up on Friday, where it has so far gained around 150 handtekeninge, however he is hoping to hit 150,000.

    Praat vandag, hy het gesê: ‘I knew about John Peel’s sexual abuse allegations and admissions after researching him once, about six months prior.

    ‘It was when I was in the tent for the first time the recollection of it hit me, and I felt really uneasy about it.

    ‘I’ve been tweeting Glastonbury and Emily Eavis, the director, daagliks. I’ve also sent emails to the festival itself, through their various emails.

    ‘I’ve had no contact from the festival.

    'I've been tweeting Glastonbury and Emily Eavis, the director, daagliks. I've also sent emails to the festival itself, through their various emails,' Mr Owen said

    ‘I’ve been tweeting Glastonbury and Emily Eavis, the director, daagliks. I’ve also sent emails to the festival itself, through their various emails,’ Mr Owen said

    Mr Owens, 26, said the stage is 'long overdue' a change and is hoping organisers will remove the former BBC presenter's name from the tent. Op die foto, inside the John Peel Tent at Glastonbury 2022

    Mr Owens, 26, said the stage is ‘long overduea change and is hoping organisers will remove the former BBC presenter’s name from the tent. Op die foto, inside the John Peel Tent at Glastonbury 2022

    ‘I’m going to keep spreading the word until we hit 150,000 because I think it’s the right thing to do.

    The petition has received a mixed reaction from music fans.

    Een persoon het geskryf: ‘He doesn’t deserve to be remembered.

    'N Ander het gesê: ‘This is abominable. This man is disgusting and does not deserve to be lauded with an important stage named after him.

    'N Derde het kommentaar gelewer: ‘Accused not found guilty.

    While another person said: 'Wat? Never heard of that, and I’m certainly not going to sign anything that looks like C**P.

    MailOnline has contacted Glastonbury Festival for comment.