He did a lot - but not the Remembrance Parade
PUBLISHED: 12:36 15 September 2006 | UPDATED: 22:14 28 May 2010
I FEEL I must write about your Michael Eke story. I, and I m sure I am one of many, refused to believe what was happening to Michael until I read it in print. He has been a very silly man, but we cannot take away the fact that the events he brought to Mar
I FEEL I must write about your Michael Eke story. I, and I'm sure I am one of many, refused to believe what was happening to Michael until I read it in print.
He has been a very silly man, but we cannot take away the fact that the events he brought to March were unbelievable and took a lot of organising, although all this doesn't make up for what has happened since.
But I still must comment on the wonderful job he did for the Air Cadets. In the long run he hasn't set them a good example but at the time the Air Cadets on parade were the smartest, and their standard of marching was second to none, all down to Michael.
One thing I must point out. Michael was never the organiser of the town Remembrance Parade. This parade is organised and led by my husband Barry Howlett the parade marshall, who spends a lot of time printing and delivering letters to each individual organisation in the town. On the Thursday evening prior to Remembrance Sunday he, along with the Rev Anthony Chandler hold a rehearsal in St Peter's Church. Michael did play Reveille and Last Post at the memorial and in the church but please don't give him credit for what Barry has done (and may I add is very proud to do) for the last 20 years. I don't ask for accolades for him as it is an honour to lead the parade. The right press reports would help, as after he organised the event at the memorial on 11th of 11th last year once again someone else was given the credit.
# YOUR coverage of the downfall of Michael Eke was fair, in that you listed not just his admitted offences but also his achievements for the town of March.
In one respect, however, you were unfair to another person when you attributed to Mr Eke the organisation of the local Remembrance Parades.
At no time has Michael Eke organised the Remembrance Sunday Parades in our town. That honour belongs to a local unsung hero, namely Barry Howlett, who has organised the parades for many years in his capacity of parade marshall.
Mr Eke and the ATC were merely a military band, leading the parade, nothing else.
Let us lay the myth to rest.