A popular retro music festival which took off after finding its footing in Cookham appears to have ditched its home turf from this year's lineup.

Let's Rock the Moor began in the village in May 2009, where it performed to a small crowd on Cookham Moor.

It has since taken off with the festival getting bigger year on year, with this year boasting events in Leeds and Wales, amongst other big cities.

However, in an announcement made by Let's Rock The Moor Official on Monday, February 5, Cookham has been dropped from the summer line-up of events.

The announcement read: "We have been working hard for months to deliver new events and thanks for bearing with us. Excited doesn’t really cut it.

"We are adding two more shows to the Let's Rock Series in cities that we have never been to before and we are now confirmed for six events in 2024.

"Keep an eye on our socials for any further news and updates throughout the year."

Locals were quick to comment on the announcement, with Celina Marie saying: "Can’t believe no Cookham. The actual birthplace of Let’s Rock The Moor."

Jo Kay added that he feels "gutted", while others accused the organisers of "abandoning" the village.

Dozens of other commenters have demanded "bring back Cookham" with one commenter saying it's "bang out of order".

Let's Rock The Moor Official has responded to multiple comments, stating that Cookham has been dropped due to "logistical issues" meaning they are "unable to run Let's Rock The Moor in 2024".

However, they added: "We would love to come back to Cookham, we've got a long history together. "

Gail Byca added her thoughts saying: "I’m so sad to hear the news that it’s not happening. It’s the highlight of the year and I’ve been to every one, right from the very first one on the grass by The Crown.

"This year is also a Cookham Festival year so it’s even more sad not to end the festival with the concert on the moor."

On approaching the event organisers, Let’s Rock organisers UK Live told the Observer: “We have been working hard in the background to confirm our 2024 events and we have communicated on all of our socials which locations we will be visiting this summer.

"Full locations and line-up details for all of our shows can be found on www.letsrock80s.com."

The organisers did not wish to comment on the local reaction to the news.