Friday, 12 July 2013

Lee Rigby's Funeral: Soldier 'A Gentle Soul'

The family of Drummer Lee Rigby, including his young son Jack, are applauded by mourners lining the streets to pay their respects.Thousands of people lined the streets and filled Bury town centre for the funeral of Drummer Lee Rigby, who was described as a "gentle soul" and "loving father".

Crowds applauded the murdered soldier's family and comrades as they arrived at the military service at Bury Parish Church.

Relatives hugged each other on the church steps before entering the church.His two-year-old son Jack wore a T-shirt with the words:  "My Daddy. My Hero" printed on the back.On the front of Jack's T-shirt were the words: "My Daddy's A Fusilier. Lee Rigby."The father-of-one was killed as he returned to Woolwich barracks from the Tower of London in May.

Drummer Rigby's fellow soldiers from 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (2RRF) held a two-minute silence in London as the funeral service began in Lancashire.

The 25-year-old soldier's body had been guarded by comrades overnight following a vigil on Thursday.

Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson were among dignitaries attending the service in Bury.

As the crowds outside stood in the sweltering midday heat listening via loudspeakers, Drummer Rigby's friend and fellow soldier Sean Sheer gave a eulogy that brought laughter from mourners.

Mr Sheer said he first met Drummer Rigby when he was posted to the Fusiliers in 2008 and found him the "most annoying, campest man I have ever met", citing his singing and love of boyband Westlife as the reason.

Mr Sheer said his comrade's young son came "crashing" into his life but Lee "took to fatherhood instantly"  Read more  HERE