The funeral of Lee Rigby was a sombre occasion - but it was also moving to see the love and dignity of his family and fellow soldiers.i
The crowd outside the church where Fusilier Lee Rigby's funeral took place fell silent as the murdered soldier's coffin was carried from the building.
Thousands of well-wishers then began applauding as the soldier's family left Bury Parish Church following the service:
The funeral service of murdered soldier Fusilier Lee Rigby was officiated by the Rev Dr John Findon.
The hymns were Who Would True Valour See, Lord Of All Hopefulness and I Vow To Thee My Country. The choir sang Deep Peace Of The Running Wave.
Moving tributes from the family of murdered soldier Fusilier Lee Rigby have been left outside Bury Parish Church where his funeral is taking place.
Thousands of mourners gather outside Bury Parish Church to remember murdered soldier Lee Rigby.
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.
Crowds of well-wishers applauded as the family of Fusilier Lee Rigby arrived for his funeral service at Bury Parish Church:
The young son of Lee Rigby paid tribute to "My Daddy My Hero" as thousands of mourners gathered to remember the murdered soldier.
Members of the public applauded Fusilier Rigby's comrades and forces veterans as they arrived for the funeral service at Bury Parish Church, where comrades had maintained a guard of honour overnight.
Applause also greeted the 25-year-old's heartbroken loved ones, who joined about 800 mourners inside for the private service just a couple of miles from his home town of Middleton, Greater Manchester.
Fusilier Rigby's wife Rebecca, 30, walked in with the couple's two-year-old son Jack, who wore a blue T-shirt with the words "My Daddy My Hero" on the back.
His mother Lyn, 46, was in tears as she held hands with her husband, Ian, 54, Lee's stepfather. The soldier's sisters, Sara, 24, and Chelsea, 21, embraced each other in tears outside the church.