Drummer Lee Rigby funeral

The funeral of a soldier killed outside his barracks in Woolwich is taking place today in his hometown of Bury. Drummer Lee Rigby was killed as he returned from the Tower of London on May 22.

Woolwich remembers Lee Rigby

Woolwich remembered drummer Lee Rigby, as his funeral took place in his hometown in Greater Manchester.

A piper played the last post at the barracks where he was based, just yards away from where he was killed, while more than one hundred bikers joined members of the public and the fusilier's army colleagues.

Piers Hopkirk reports:

Woolwich pays tribute to Lee Rigby

People gather outside Woolwich Barracks in memory of Fusilier Lee Rigby. Credit: ITN
Bikers arrive ahead of the service outside the barracks. Credit: ITN
Flowers are laid near the spot that Drummer Rigby was killed. Credit: ITN
"The Last Post" is played for the fusilier at his London barracks. Credit: ITN

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Eulogy pays tribute to 'truly charismatic' soldier

In his eulogy, Fusilier Lee Rigby's commanding officer, Colonel Jim Taylor, said:

Fusilier Lee James Rigby, or Riggers to his friends in the Army, was an extremely popular soldier. A larger-than-life personality, he loved to perform and belonged in the Second Fusiliers' Corps of Drums. He was truly charismatic.

To be with Lee was to be where it was most fun - the centre of good times and much mischief.

People fell quickly under his spell. Whether it was in work or off duty, at a ceremonial engagement or on operations, Lee just knew how to lighten the mood.

He could brighten a room within moments and, by all accounts, clear a dancefloor in seconds if a Whitney Houston track was playing.

Lee had a natural swagger and the confidence of someone truly comfortable in their own skin.

He was always happy. His smile was infectious, as was his enthusiasm for soldiering and his passion for life.

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Tribute to 'fantastic soldier' Lee Rigby

Murdered Fusilier Lee Rigby was a "fantastic soldier", his commanding officer said as he prepared to give a eulogy at his funeral.

Lieutenant Colonel Jim Taylor, commanding officer of the 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (2RRF), said:

He was larger than life, he was always at the centre of fun and mischief, but he was a true regimental character with real charisma and everybody fell under his spell.

We are here to honour him today and as a regiment support his family, stand shoulder to shoulder with them at their time of need.

But it is also a day that we as a regiment want to remember him for the true character he was.

One of the things about the Fusiliers as a regiment is, we are a family regiment and that is not just the immediate family within the corps of drums but much wider to that.

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