Call for apology

PUBLISHED: 13:50 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 15 June 2010

AXMINSTER Town Council will demand a written apology from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall after the celebrity chef branded the Millwey Rise Estate the wrong end of Axminster" on national television. Mr Fearnley-Whittingstall's Chicken Run series aired for th

AXMINSTER Town Council will demand a written apology from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall after the celebrity chef branded the Millwey Rise Estate "the wrong end of Axminster" on national television.Mr Fearnley-Whittingstall's Chicken Run series aired for three consecutive nights last week attracting an average of 3.6 million viewers per episode.The series paid particular attention to The Millwey Gang, a group of residents who reared free-range chickens on the estate's allotments as part of Chicken Run's experiment to turn Axminster into the first free-range town in the country.But Axminster town councillors are up in arms over Mr Fearnley-Whittingstall's descrip-tion of the estate as "the wrong end of Axminster"."Millwey Rise is not the wrong end of anywhere," said town and district councillor John Jeffery."It's certainly not the wrong end of Axminster."Mr Fearnley-Whittingstall should have the manners to come forward with an apology."I think this has shown him up for who he is."Councillor Douglas Hull said: "I feel very privileged to have many friends on the Millwey Rise Estate."At a meeting at the Guildhall on Monday evening, Axminster town councillors also took objection to the repeated image of an East Devon District Council sign covered in graffiti that was used in the show.Councillor Jeffrey continued: "I know my ward and I know Millwey Rise and graffiti is not a major problem on the estate."Councillor Spiller added: "They must have looked pretty hard to find that sign as it's not obvious as you go into the estate."Mayor of Axminster Graham Godbeer said: "We must applaud the people of Millwey for the part they played in the programme."They came across very well."The council voted unanimously to write to River Cottage asking for an apology.Members of the 'Millwey Gang' have expressed an interest in continuing with the project and have been donated the coops used in Chicken Run by the programme's producers.

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