Messenger Abolishes Christmas!

Dear Editorial Collective,

The December issue of the Burngreave Messenger, covering as it does the period of the Christmas and New Year festivals, is startling in its lack of any editorial mention whatever of either of these events, or of the sense of anticipation and excitement which leads up to them. New Year is of major cultural importance to all Scots, and Christmas is of major cultural and religious significance to very many people living in this borough, albeit we are not required to be Christian – though many are – or Scottish in order to eagerly anticipate and participate in these ancient festivals. The decision to “abolish” them is perverse.

It is not credible to believe that the total lack of coverage of these events, the complete failure to acknowledge their existence, is a mistake. This is a decision consciously made by the editorial collective or by an authority at the back of it. If the latter then we are entitled to ask how much editorial autonomy the collective has. How much responsibility does it owe to the community it addresses? Who is the piper playing this particular tune?

A happy albeit belated New Year to all readers.

D. Harrop

Ed: If you have information about Christmas or other events, please send it in and we will happily publish it.

<< | Up

Print version

The content on this page was added to the website by Jamie Marriott on 2007-02-02 18:47:59.
The content of the page was last modified by Jamie Marriott on 2007-02-02 18:48:39.

Follow us on Twitter @TheBMessenger

All content is copyright © Burngreave Messenger Ltd. or its voluntary contributors, unless otherwise stated, not to be reproduced without permission. If you have any comments, or are interested in contributing to the Messenger and getting involved, please contact us.

Burngreave Messenger Ltd. Abbeyfield Park House, Abbeyfield Road, Sheffield S4 7AT.
Telephone: 0114 242 0564. Email:
Company Limited by Guarantee: 04642734
Registered Charity: 1130836

The Burngreave Messenger is a community newspaper with editorial independence, funded by the Big Lottery, Foyle Foundation, Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Scurrah Wainwright Charity, local residents and our advertisers.

Help the Messenger with a donation