AN online petition has been launched to rename the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury Festival following abuse allegations levelled at the legendary DJ,

Wirral-born Peel, who died in 2004, hosted the televised coverage of the festival and was and described Glastonbury as “an utterly magical event.”

Peel attended the Worthy Farm festival numerous times, including the very first Glastonbury in the early 1970s when it was then named The Pilton Festival.

Following his death the decision was made to rename the New Bands Tent in his honour with festival organiser Michael Eavis saying: "It's very appropriate because it's all the sort of music that John would have chosen. ... He was a master at choosing the bands that were going to make it.

However, some festival goers are calling Peel's name to be removed from the stage after accusations of him having sex with teenagers have resurfaced.

After the DJ died of a heart attack aged 65, alleged victims spoke out, with a woman named Jane Nevin claiming in 2012 that she became pregnant by Peel during a three-month affair in 1969, when she was just 15.

Nevin said she met Peel at a Black Sabbath gig when he was 30-years-old, saying he had sex with her in the BBC studio and backstage at concerts.

The petition to rename the tent was started by Jack Owens, a 26-year-old from Manchester.

Owens wrote on the petition’s website that "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."

He added: "It’s a slap in the face to sexual abuse survivors, women, children and decent people to have to stand in a stage with his name on it, which has the sick words, 'Teenage dreams so hard to beat' written on the side.

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

Peel died of a heart attack at the age of 65 while on holiday in Peru.

He was born John Robert Parker Ravenscroft into a well-off Heswall family on August 30, 1939, and was one of Wirral's most famous exports.

He spent the first 16 years of his life in the working village of Burton and was educated as a boarder at Shrewsbury School before joining the military.

He became one of the first DJs to give exposure to punk, reggae and hip-hop before they crossed over into the mainstream.

His eclectic musical taste inspired millions of listeners and earned him 43rd place in the BBC's 100 Greatest Britons of all time survey.