Funeral of Lee Rigby to be held

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen: Fusilier Lee Rigby, 25, was murdered in Woolwich in May Fusilier Lee Rigby, 25, was murdered in Woolwich in May

The funeral of murdered soldier Lee Rigby is to be held.

Hundreds of well-wishers are expected to honour the Fusilier at the service, a day after members of the public lined the streets as his family attended a vigil at Bury Parish Church.

Comrades, forces veterans and members of the public lined the route to the church, where soldiers kept a guard of honour over the body of Fusilier Rigby overnight before his funeral.

The 25-year-old's heartbroken loved ones will lead mourners at the private service in Bury, just a couple of miles from his hometown of Middleton, Greater Manchester.

The father-of-one, a drummer in the 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (2RRF), was killed as he returned to Woolwich barracks from the Tower of London on May 22.

He had served in Afghanistan as a machine gunner and was attached to the regimental recruiting team when he was hacked to death in broad daylight on a street in south London.

The horrific killing led to nationwide shock and revulsion and led to an outpouring of support for his family from the public.

The family, who have been inundated with cards, letters and flowers in condolence from all over the country and abroad and from all faiths, wish for a private service with well-wishers asked to show their respects by lining the streets outside, where they will hear the service on loudspeakers from inside the church.

Prime Minister David Cameron told the Commons earlier this week that the whole of the UK will be mourning with the family at the funeral, beginning at 11am.

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