Royal pic­nic day feed­back

Dubbo Photo News - - Weekender -

The Ed­i­tor,

I have read the re­cent “Royal pic­nic day was a day of dis­ap­point­ments” [Let­ters & Feed­back, Dubbo Photo News, Oc­to­ber 25].

I agree with the com­ments in the ar­ti­cle. It must have been a huge let­down for out of town vis­i­tors who as­sem­bled around the Ceno­taph, along the bar­ri­caded ar­eas in front of the Coun­cil build­ing (in Church Street) and along the ar­eas to­ward Vic­to­ria Park also bar­ri­caded.

I walked from Mac­quarie Street to the Ceno­taph and talked to peo­ple along the way and also to crowd con­trol work­ers. My ques­tions were sim­ply around whether they had a good spot and many peo­ple sim­ply said, “We hope so as they must be com­ing along this way be­cause of the bar­ri­cades.”

I con­tin­ued on to­wards the Ceno­taph and crossed Dar­ling Street which was also bar­ri­caded. I asked peo­ple again and re­ceived sim­i­lar an­swers. Crowd con­trollers and work­ers just shrugged when asked if this was the route.

I was so ter­ri­bly dis­ap­pointed for these peo­ple who had waited hours and the ex­cited chil­dren who would have seen noth­ing. The rain storm did not de­ter many peo­ple as they came pre­pared with um­brel­las, rain gear and blan­kets.

How­ever, the royal cou­ple be­ing late and the lack of in­for­ma­tion for many peo­ple who came from far and wide and who had waited for hours was very sad.

In hind­sight maybe a cav­al­cade down the main street would have given many more Dubbo peo­ple and vis­i­tors to our city a bet­ter view (of the royal cou­ple).

I walked back to my car with a young cou­ple who came from north of Tam­worth who had waited pa­tiently for four hours. They gave up wait­ing. A huge dis­ap­point­ment for them. They waited near the Ceno­taph.

Sadly, not a good look.

Carol Macalpine

Dubbo The Ed­i­tor,

Just a quick email to say many thanks for the fan­tas­tic ar­ti­cle Yvette Aubusson-fo­ley wrote on Shal­low Water Black­out fol­low­ing Judy and Tony’s talk the other night.

Your sup­port for our push to tell more peo­ple is re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated. Bar­bara Nor­rie

Ed’s note: We have a fol­low-up story on Shal­low Water Black­out on page 10 of to­day’s pa­per.

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