Name change not necessary

‘What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet;’ Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Meaning the name is not important, it is what it stands for or what it is.

Will there still be pirates at this festival? Will there still be drinking, smoking and street dances until early morning hours? If so, what is the use of changing the name if the festival itself does not change?

There is always going to be negative criticism, as well as positive criticism, about everything. The objective is to sort out the actually relative comments from the complaints-for-the-sake-of-complaining ones.

And I am quite sure that a once-a-year one-week festival does not have that great an influence over kids as the constant environment (ie: family, friends, TV, radio and the general change in perception of things) they are exposed to on a day-to-day basis has.

If I call you ugly for seven days out of the year, would you believe me?

Yes, I do fear God but the name of the one week festival has not shaped who I am today or any of the people I know.

Catharine Hetley