Axminster's never been so vibrant

PUBLISHED: 14:41 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:44 20 April 2010

I tend to avoid writing to the Press offering an opinion on contentious issues as such action could promote vexatious and costly law suits and the additional prospect of my being visited in the small hours by men in white coats. However, except for one no

I tend to avoid writing to the Press offering an opinion on contentious issues as such action could promote vexatious and costly law suits and the additional prospect of my being visited in the small hours by men in white coats. However, except for one now notorious and inappropriately rude contribution from a former town dignitary, I have, in recent weeks, been intrigued by the thoughtful, discerning and eminently reasonable points of view expressed by your readers concerning the Axminster Town Council/Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall apology controversy. Now that the matter appears to have been put to rest, with a generous apology from HF-W, the prospect of litigation and nocturnal visits seem unlikely. It, therefore, seems safe for me to contribute a view of my own, without having to put my solicitor on red-alert. The outcome of the said HF-W's most welcome arrival in our midst, Axminster Town Council's severely mauled decision to take issue with him, the prominence given to the matter by the local and national press and the wider and informed debate generated by the town's citizens has produced a number of important positive outcomes, not least the huge resurgence of interest in Axminster and what it has to offer. In the 30 years my wife and I have lived in the neighbourhood, the town has never been so vibrant and interesting. Long may it remain so. Michael Morgan Valley House Churchill Axminster

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