In praise of Stan and a certain Mr Speight

THURROCK MP, Jackie Doyle Price rose on the floor of the House of Commons during Prime Minister’s Question Time (PMQs) to praise the work done by the Thurrock branch of the RAF as well as the editor of the Thurrock Enquirer, Neil Speight in ensuring that former member of Bomber Command, Stan Franks receives a proper funeral as befitting a war hero.

The prime minister, David Cameron acknowledged the hard work that has been done.

Stan Franks died alone in his house in Fobbing and it was feared that his passing would not be marked. But due to the work of the RAF and Mr Speight, a large funeral, with full military honours, is expected at Pitsea Crematorium on Friday afternoon.

Later in the evening, Thurrock Council leader, cllr John Kent also praised Mr Speight for his work that came about through a chance conversation at an Orsett remembrance service.

The work by Mr Speight is just one example of his endeavours to keep the memory of those who fought for their country alive. Neil also worked closely with former Thurrock MP Andrew Mackinlay for many years.

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