A FESTIVAL-GOER has created a petition to have the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury renamed due to historic sexual abuse claims made in opposition to the previous DJ.
Jack stated the stage is “lengthy overdue” a change and is hoping organisers will take away the previous BBC presenter’s title from the tent forward of subsequent yr’s pageant.
The petition comes after a lady, Jane Nevin, claimed in 2012 she grew to become pregnant by Peel throughout a three-month affair when she was a 15-year-old schoolgirl in 1969.
Peel, who died of a coronary heart assault in 2004, is alleged to have met Nevin at a Black Sabbath live performance when he was 30.
She claims he had intercourse together with her within the BBC studio and backstage at concert events.
In an interview with The Sunday Correspondent in 1989, Peel stated: “Women used to queue up exterior. By and enormous not often for shagging.
“Oral intercourse they have been notably eager on, I bear in mind. […] One in all my, er, common clients, because it have been, turned out to be 13, although she regarded older.”
An interview initially printed in The Herald in April 2004 said that Peel admitted to sexual contact with “an terrible lot” of underage women.
In an interview with The Guardian in 1975 whereas discussing girls, Peel stated: “All they needed me to do was abuse them, sexually, which, after all, I used to be solely too completely satisfied to do”.
Jack, 26, from Manchester, is now hoping that Glastonbury organisers will re-brand their Peel tent in gentle of the feedback and historic accusations.
His petition learn: “The John Peel stage at Glastonbury is lengthy overdue being renamed, contemplating the intense sexual abuse he has been accused of and even admitted, in opposition to girls and kids.
“It’s a slap within the face to sexual abuse survivors, girls, youngsters and respectable folks to have to face in a stage together with his title on it, which has the sick phrases “teenage desires so laborious to beat” written on the aspect.
“Please rename it for the subsequent years pageant. He’s been put up on pedestal for too lengthy.”
Peel, born John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, labored as a DJ for the BBC from 1967 until 2004 when he died of a sudden coronary heart assault whereas in Peru.
In 1965, Peel married a 15-year-old American lady referred to as Shirley Anne Milburn when he was 26.
He later claimed she and her household had lied about her age.
They divorced in 1973 and years later she reportedly took her personal life.
In 2012, eight years after Peel’s dying, Nevin got here ahead with claims of an affair with the extremely revered DJ.
She stated the affair resulted in her falling pregnant and having a “traumatic” abortion in Ealing.
A postcard, allegedly despatched to Nevin from Peel after she contacted him about their relationship 30 years later, learn: “Jane, Nicely, you’ve scared the daylights out of me. For years I’ve been anticipating a letter beginning, ‘Within the 70s we had a quick affair – and your now son/daughter, aged 27, desires to satisfy you’.
“What precisely would you like me to do. I dwell close to Ipswich so Croydon is fairly inaccessible.
“I’ll wait to listen to from you once more. John.”
Jack set the Change.org web page up on Friday (1 JUL) the place it has to date gained round 150 signatures, nevertheless Jack is hoping to hit 150,000.
Talking in the present day (MON), Jack stated: “I knew about John Peel’s sexual abuse allegations and admissions after researching him as soon as, about six months prior.
“It was after I was within the tent for the primary time the recollection of it hit me, and I felt actually uneasy about it.
“I’ve been tweeting Glastonbury and Emily Eavis, the director, each day. I’ve additionally despatched emails to the pageant itself, via their varied emails.
“I’ve had no contact from the pageant.
“I’m going to maintain spreading the phrase till we hit 150,000 as a result of I believe it’s the proper factor to do.”
The petition has acquired a blended response from music followers.
One individual wrote: “He doesn’t need to be remembered.”
One other stated: “That is abominable. This man is disgusting and doesn’t need to be lauded with an vital stage named after him.”
A 3rd commented: “Accused not discovered responsible.”
Whereas one other individual stated: “What? By no means heard of that, and I’m definitely not going to signal something that appears like CRAP.”