‘Local shorthand’ confusing to visitors

I WAS disappointed to read in Saturday’s The Northern Daily Leader that some venues for the festival were written in a kind of “local shorthand” that is confusing for new residents like me and surely for visitors to the city at this time.

 I refer to the article on page 3 titled “Rebecca’s Round-up”, in which the reporter uses such shorthand as TRECC, the Impy and Wests.

Even on the website there is mention of Wests’ Diggers.

These terms are probably only known to the locals, so how can we newcomers and visitors understand what Rebecca is trying to convey?

How can we “get out there” if your paper only uses the local terminology for venues that half the festival population does not understand?

I would also like to express, through your paper, my disappointment with Pixie Jenkins’s language and smutty asides during his first performance in the Atrium arcade.

He needs to clean up his act, because Tamworth’s Country Music Festival has a reputation as a good, clean family festival.

TONY WINTER

WEST TAMWORTH

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