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Rock the Moor festival hits the right notes

THIS was the 10th successive year of Let’s Rock the Moor, a charity musical festival event run by Nick Billinghurst and his team; just one of 10 such events he runs nationally, but the only one donating profits to charity.

Ninety per cent of the profits go to three charities – Wooden Spoon (thanks to the tireless involvement of Mike Clark, an avid Wooden Spoon supporter), Child Bereavement, and the Link Foundation. The other 10% is distributed amongst small, local charities. Wooden Spoon received £11,000 last year and, with a sell-out crowd again this year, we are confident of a similar amount being raised.

The attendance was even more remarkable given the conflicting major events of the royal wedding at Windsor, and the Cup Final in London. Not surprisingly, the crowd took a little longer to build up,with the royal wedding starting at 12 pm, but by mid-afternoon, with the kindly spring sunshine taking temperatures into the high 20s, families and fancy-dress groups poured in from all over the country (and some from abroad).

Lets Rock the Moor 2018

Let’s Rock the Moor 2018

The full list of 1980s performers:

  • Midge Ure
  • Adam Ant
  • Tony Hadley
  • Nick Heyward
  • Billy Ocean
  • Sarah Cox
  • Tom Bailey (Thompson twins)
  • ABC
  • Heather Small
  • Brother Beyond
  • Kim Appleby
  • Peter Coyle (ex – Lotus Eaters)
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  • Wendy James (Transition Vamps)
  • Annabela (Bow Wow’s)
  • Hazell Dean (Fuzzbox)
  • Black Laces Conga Party

The music was complemented by all manner of stalls, food providers, beer tents etc, and the ubiquitous Carter’s Steam fair for the youngsters.

Wooden Spoon was present with their distinctive marquee, selling Wooden Spoon branded items by day, and glow stick products by night. The crowd included many groups in full fancy dress, from space invaders to middle-aged hippies. Even Spoony, the Wooden Spoon mascot, made an appearance, much to the discomfort of Mike Elliott, who gamefully lost some of his natural winter covering.

Thanks to those committee members who gave up their day, and the chance to watch the two competing events.