Lee Rigby memorial: Bronze drum and plaque to be unveiled in Middleton today in honour of Fusilier

The memorial will be opened to the public in Middleton Gardens at 2.30pm

Fusilier Lee Rigby

A memorial to murdered soldier Lee Rigby will be unveiled in Middleton today.

A bronze drum, alongside a plaque in memory of the 25-year-old, will take pride of place at Middleton Memorial Gardens in the town centre, together with a memorial wall.

The memorial will be unveiled in a private ceremony before it is opened to the public at around 2.30pm. Langley-born Fusilier Rigby’s family are expected to attend the service and unveiling.

Fusilier Rigby – a drummer with the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers – was murdered outside his barracks in Woolwich, south-east London, in May 2013 by Islamic extremists Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale as he returned from the Tower of London.

Fusilier Lee Rigby

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, added: “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, added: “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.”

Councillor June West, chairman of Middleton Township, said the Middleton community ‘came together’ after the tragedy.

She said: “I thank our residents for their support and I am pleased that Fusilier Lee Rigby and other service personnel will be forever remembered in this way.

“Lee’s family were keen to ensure it also included a permanent reminder of those who have served and lost their lives in conflict.”

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/memorial-murdered-soldier-lee-rigby-8941331

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