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Memorial honours murdered soldier Lee Rigby

Lee Rigby in uniform. Photo:

A permanent memorial to Fusilier Lee Rigby in his hometown of Middleton will be unveiled today.

A bronze drum, alongside a plaque for Lee and a memorial wall where, in time, other local soldiers will be commemorated, is being unveiled in Middleton Memorial Gardens.

“It will be a lovely tribute to Lee who put his life on the line every day to serve his country.

"Over time the memorial will remember not just our Lee, but other soldiers, whose bravery will also never be forgotten.”

– Lyn Rigby, Lee’s mother

The memorial will be unveiled at Middleton Memorial Gardens during a private ceremony, before being open to the public from 2.30pm.

Lee, of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was murdered in Woolwich in May 2013 by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale.

The killers were later jailed for life.

“I am pleased this memorial is being unveiled in Middleton. It should be seen as a celebration of his life because that is what he would have wanted.

"People will be able to come here in peace, remember Lee and reflect."

– Rebecca Rigby, Lee’s wife

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