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Record 6,000 crowd pack out Cookham rock festival
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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