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Permanent memorial to Lee Rigby in hometown

A permanent memorial to Fusilier Lee Rigby has been announced Photo:

Details of a permanent memorial to Lee Rigby in his hometown have been announced.

A bronze drum memorial and a plaque will commemorate the life of the Fusilier and drummer.

It will be unveiled in Middleton Memorial Gardens in February 2015.

Fusilier Rigby's family, along with the council and the people of Middleton wanted a lasting memorial.

Council Leader Richard Farnell said: “Since the tragedy I know the support Lee’s family have had from our community has been incredible. We have been working carefully alongside Lee’s family to design and plan this tribute, befitting his memory and bravery."

Lee Rigby's family wanted to make sure the memorial recognised all those who have given their life in serivce. Lyn Rigby, Lee’s mother said: “Ever since Lee’s passing, the support we have had from local people and the council has been wonderful and during such a painful time it has really helped us to keep going.

"Lee will never be forgotten and this is keeping his memory alive. I am pleased to see this memorial will remember not just our Lee, but also other soldiers.

"I think this is what Lee would have wanted, it is a perfect spot and I am sure he would have been proud to see the way he is being honoured in his beloved hometown where he enjoyed many special memories.”