Funeral of Fusilier Rigby

Fusilier Lee Rigby
Fusilier Lee Rigby

The funeral takes place today at Bury Parish Church of Fusilier Lee Rigby who was brutally murdered in May.

His killing shocked the world and had a particularly heavy impact locally where he was known by many.

He married Southowram girl Rebecca Metcalfe at St Anne’s Church, Southowram, in October 2007, and they had a son, Jack.

Yesterday, shortly after 4 pm Fusilier Rigby’s body was brought into the church.

Drummers from the 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers led the cortege past soldiers of the Regiment lining the route to the church.

A short ceremony then took place attended by is family.

Fusilier Rigby remained in church overnight with an honour guard of soldiers from the Regiment.

Today, shortly before 11 am Fusilier Rigby’s family arrived at the church for the funeral ceremony which was relayed outside via a PA system.

After the service the cortege left and a private interment followed.

A fundraising event will go ahead as planned tomorrow at Siddal Ex-Servicemen’s Club.

Rebecca’s cousin, Jonathon Armstrong, of Southowram, said he had been overwhelmed by the support for the Lee Rigby Memorial Concert which he has organised.

Manchester City and Halifax RLFC are among sport clubs donating raffle items.

Several bands including Mother Onion, Quadraphonic, Tempus, In Echoes, will be performing from 4.30 pm and tickets cost £5 and proceeds go to the Fusiliers Aid Society and Rebecca.

“The family are really shocked and saddened by the death of Lee,” said Jonathon.

“Rebecca is a wonderful girl and we are all trying to do our best for her.

“The concert will be a yearly event now in aid of the Fusiliers Aid Society,

“I have organised this concert to show people that we can all do our bit for our soldiers.”