Lyn Rigby describes grief on anniversary of Woolwich attack

Lyn Rigby speaking to Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain. Credit: Good Morning Britain/ITV

The mother of Lee Rigby has described the ongoing grief her family are enduring, one year after his death.

Speaking to Good Morning Britain Lyn Rigby said she will never be able to forgive her son's murderers, and wants her son to be remembered, through "some small fitting tribute".

Fusilier Rigby was run down by British Muslim extremists in broad daylight in south London before he was murdered on May 22 last year.

His killers, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale were jailed for life and 45 years respectively for the brutal murder in February this year.

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Lee Rigby had served in Cyprus, Germany and Afghanistan during his military career. Credit: MoD

Lyn, who described her son as "larger than life", said the horrific images from the day and the subsequent trial left her traumatised and suffering from nightmares.

One of my worst nightmares was, in the night, is seeing Lee covered in blood.

– Lyn Rigby

She described her struggles to readjust to everyday life, and revealed how she would visit her son's grave at night at her "lowest points" to keep him company and tell him how much she missed him.

I would find myself at Lee's gravesite at midnight because I didn't want him to be alone.

– Lyn Rigby
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Lyn and his stepfather Ian look at some of the tributes left to her son shortly after he was killed last year. Credit: Reuters

There have been calls for a permanent memorial to Drummer Rigby in Woolwich, but this has been rejected by both Greenwich council and local MP Nick Raynsford over fears it could encourage far-right activity and "undesirable interest from extremists."

However Lyn wants her son to be remembered, and thinks a plaque or another small tribute would be fitting.

I don't want him to be forgotten. I think a plaque or small fitting tribute for what he did.

– Lyn Rigby

Watch the interview in full on the Good Morning Britain website