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Anger after woman complains about Cumbrian music festival's 'offensive' name

Supporters of music festival CockRock have defended its name after it was branded as “dreadful” and “offensive.”

CockRock photo
Festival-goers at CockRock

A debate started on social networking site Facebook after organisers of Cockermouth Rock Festival, which is known as CockRock, slammed the actions of yobs who had stolen its advertising banner from a roundabout.

A post from Sally Stamford, who does not live in the county, sparked outrage among west Cumbrians when she said: “Are you really saying that the festival is called CockRock? I’m not surprised it’s been taken away (the banner) it’s a dreadful name.”

She then went on to say that people in her age group – but she didn’t reveal her age – might be offended by the name.

CockRock organisers immediately defended the event, saying that 7,000 people think differently to Ms Stamford and that in its nine year history, the festival has raised more than £45,000 for local charities.

“I’m not totally sure we’re able to change the name of the town either (Cockermouth) which we are named after,” organisers added.

“Living in a place called Cockermouth means that people aren’t quite as sensitive to the word as maybe others around the country are.”

Other fans of three-day festival, which takes place in two weeks time, hit out at Ms Stamford’s post.

Brian Lindsay said: “There’s always been haters who have nothing positive to say. It’s a great event that puts the north west on the map. It brings in more people every year and just keeps getting bigger and better. Keep it up and don’t let the losers bring you down.”

Claire Peaker wrote: “Sally, do you realise how ridiculous you sound you silly woman? It’s a rock festival named after a town – get a grip.”

And Michelle Moore said: “Sally did you think about the fact that we all might be offended that you think the name of our town is dreadful?”

The stolen banner, which was the subject of the debate, has now been replaced by Workington company AST signs.

Have your say

How fantastic, I didn't ever know this existed. Fame at last. Can I bring my lemonade trailer to your festival and sell freshly squeezed lemonade?

Posted by Sally Stamford on 29 November 2013 at 00:52

Come on, people, everyone is entitled to an opinion, even if it is a bad one. Had it been a Rock festival featuring male-led 70's blues-rock bands with lycra trousers and big hair, the name would have been more appropriate. However, I like a ggod double entendre and I applaud the person who thought of it,yet not the journalist who is so stuck for column inches they have to trawl through FB to fill up space.

Posted by Andy on 28 November 2013 at 16:02

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