Record 6,000 crowd pack out Cookham rock festival

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Record 6,000 crowd pack out Cookham rock festival

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A RECORD crowd of 6,000 packed into the heart of Cookham for an eighties rock festival.

Let’s Rock the Moor, which took place on Saturday, was sold out.

The event, which began in 2009, attracted its biggest crowd yet with headliners Billy Ocean, Heaven 17, Toyah and Go West singing to 6,500 people on a brand new site at Marsh Meadow.

Ocean sang iconic eighties hits including Caribbean Queen and Love Really Hurts Without You.

Children’s TV entertainers, Pat Sharp and Dave Benson Phillips hosted the event.

Organiser Nick Billinghurst said: "The crowds were fantastic, full of energy. It was mostly local people from Cookham, Maidenhead, Marlow, Wycombe, so everyone was very well behaved. Toyah actually called them a posh crowd.

"Everyone had a fantastic time because there really was something for everyone, the atmosphere was just incredible."

Children were kept entertained with fairground rides, a circus and dance workshops with Maidenhead children’s performer, Sima Stannage.

She said: "It's a fantastic family event, which brings the community together and raises lots of money for local charities, so it was a great privilege to be there.

"I am a big 80s fan, so it was my perfect Saturday afternoon."

More than £20,000 is expected to have been raised from the event which will be shared between children’s charities, Wooden Spoon and the Link Foundation.

Ahead of the event concerns were raised by villagers worried about parking problems.

But Mr Billinghurst said there had been ample space and stewards had handled the volume of cars well.

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5:54pm Tue 15 May 12

piran says...

Great to see some good news rather than focusing on the negatives. It seems everyone had a good time without drunks & violence. Fanstic that the charities did well out of it too. Congratulations to the organisers, the people who attended, the tolerance of the folk of Cookham and the artists.
Great to see some good news rather than focusing on the negatives. It seems everyone had a good time without drunks & violence. Fanstic that the charities did well out of it too. Congratulations to the organisers, the people who attended, the tolerance of the folk of Cookham and the artists. piran
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10:19am Wed 16 May 12

Original Blondie says...

It was a really good day. Nick Heyward and Go West were my highlights. Local band the Mean Red Spiders also brilliant.
It was a really good day. Nick Heyward and Go West were my highlights. Local band the Mean Red Spiders also brilliant. Original Blondie
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10:03am Thu 17 May 12

wayneo says...

80s, brilliant decade. Good show for the organisors, who would have thought that a a small riverside village could get this off the ground. Bet Marlow's peed off.
80s, brilliant decade. Good show for the organisors, who would have thought that a a small riverside village could get this off the ground. Bet Marlow's peed off. wayneo
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12:27pm Thu 17 May 12

listerps2 says...

wayneo wrote:
80s, brilliant decade. Good show for the organisors, who would have thought that a a small riverside village could get this off the ground. Bet Marlow's peed off.
Why would Marlow be peed off - as somebody who is from Marlow and went to this event we had a great time. A short train journey away and a really fun day out.

I can't speak for a whole town (nor would I count the views of a few as the views of many - like a lot of people do on here when referring to Marlow). With Penn Festival, Rewind and Rock the Moor there is no need for anything else like this to be done in Marlow.
[quote][p][bold]wayneo[/bold] wrote: 80s, brilliant decade. Good show for the organisors, who would have thought that a a small riverside village could get this off the ground. Bet Marlow's peed off.[/p][/quote]Why would Marlow be peed off - as somebody who is from Marlow and went to this event we had a great time. A short train journey away and a really fun day out. I can't speak for a whole town (nor would I count the views of a few as the views of many - like a lot of people do on here when referring to Marlow). With Penn Festival, Rewind and Rock the Moor there is no need for anything else like this to be done in Marlow. listerps2
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