Murdered soldier’s family thanks nation for overwhelming support as funeral arrives

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Ahead of his funeral, Lee Rigby’s wife, Rebecca, tearfully recalled how two small gestures of support for the couple’s two-year-old son Jack had meant so much.

Rebecca, of Southowram, said: “I was handed £1.10, two 50p coins and a 10p piece, that had been handed over by somebody at the Tower of London,” she said. “It was requested that it be passed on to the soldier’s son’s money. And I have had a cheque off another lady. She sent me a lovely letter and a cheque for £10 asking me to buy something to put a smile on Jack’s face. He wanted a scooter so we got him a scooter which he absolutely loves.”

Fusilier Rigby’s mother said her “fun-loving” son had “fulfilled his dreams” in the Army, adding: “He was so loving, he really was. He would do anything for anybody. He had a heart of gold. He wouldn’t hurt anybody.”

The funeral of the murdered soldier Lee Rigby, 25, will be held later today when a private service takes place in Bury.

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.