Lee Rigby memorial to be unveiled

Published: Sunday 29th March 2015 by The News Editor

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A permanent memorial to murdered soldier Lee Rigby will be unveiled today in his hometown.

A bronze drum, alongside a plaque for Fusilier Rigby, 25, will be located at Middleton Memorial Gardens, together with a memorial wall where in time other local soldiers will be commemorated.

The memorial will be unveiled in a private ceremony in Middleton, Greater Manchester, before it is later opened to the public.

Fusilier Rigby – a drummer with the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers – was killed outside his barracks in Woolwich, south-east London, in May 2013 by two Islamic extremists.

Welcoming the memorial, his mother, Lyn, said: “It will be a lovely tribute to Lee who put his life on the line every day to serve his country.

“Over time the memorial will remember not just our Lee but other soldiers whose bravery will also never be forgotten.”

His father, Philip McClure, said: “I am still coming to terms with what happened. Lee will never be forgotten and this memorial is keeping his memory alive in his hometown.

“He enjoyed many good times growing up in Middleton and this will be a place for people to come along and pay their respects in a way they’ve not previously been able to.”

Fusilier Rigby’s wife, Rebecca, said: “I am pleased this memorial is being unveiled in Middleton.

“It should be seen as a celebration of his life because that is what he would have wanted. People will be able to come here in peace, remember Lee and reflect.”

Published: Sunday 29th March 2015 by The News Editor

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