Huge send-off for Fusilier Rigby

Fusilier Lee Rigby
Fusilier Lee Rigby

Thousands lined the streets to pay tribute to Fusilier Lee Rigby whose funeral was held at Bury Parish Church.

Crowds applauded his family including Halifax girl Rebecca (nee Metcalfe) and their son, Jack, aged two.

The couple were married at St Anne’s Church, Southowram, in 2007.

Fusilier Rigby’s murder shocked the world when he was brutally killed at Woolwich, London, in May.

His pals from 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers held a two-minute silence in London as the funeral service began last Friday.

Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson were among the congregation.

Fulsilier Rigby was 25 and from Middleton, Greater Manchester. His family have expressed gratitude for all the good wishes that had flooded in from around the world.

Rebecca, 30, said: “There are so many kind and generous people out there. It’s just horrible that it takes something such as this to make you see how many good people there are.”

Stepfather Ian Rigby, 54, said: “Lee has become a hero. Whatever the intention was it’s backfired because it’s made Lee into the hero and the martyr.

“The country is united whatever elements may wish to stop it. It’s not working because it’s working the other way.”

Last Saturday a fundraising night was held at Siddal Ex-Servicemen’s Club organised by Rebecca’s cousin, Jonathon Armstrong featuring several bands.

Proceeds will be split between Rebecca and the Fusiliers Aid Society.