Vigil for murdered soldier

A vigil is being held in Bury for Drummer Lee Rigby, the soldier murdered in Woolwich in south-east London, ahead of his funeral tomorrow.

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Hundreds honour murdered soldier at vigil

The coffin of Drummer Lee Rigby is carried into Bury Parish church. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Hundreds of well-wishers have honoured murdered soldier Drummer Lee Rigby at a vigil on the eve of his funeral.

Crowds lined the streets as the coffin of Drummer Lee Rigby is brought to the church for a vigil. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

His comrades, forces veterans and members of the public lined the route to Bury Parish Church, where soldiers will keep a guard of honour over the body of Fusilier Rigby overnight before his funeral tomorrow.

The family of Drummer Lee Rigby leave the church. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

The event took place in Bury, located a couple of miles from his hometown of Middleton, Greater Manchester, which came to a standstill as pubs and shops around the church closed as a mark of respect.

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Cortege carries Lee Rigby's coffin to Bury vigil

The crowds clapped as Drummer Lee Rigby's coffin passed them. Credit: ITV News

The cortege carrying the coffin of murdered soldier Drummer Lee Rigby has made its way to Bury Parish Church, where a vigil is taking place.

The streets of Bury are lined with people as Drummer Lee Rigby's vigil takes place. Credit: ITV News

Crowds clap as Drummer Lee Rigby's cortege begins

Drummer Lee Rigby was a soldier in the 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Credit: ITV News

The crowds clapped as the cortege carrying the coffin of murdered soldier Drummer Lee Rigby began making its way to Bury Parish Church, where a vigil is being held ahead of his funeral tomorrow.

The crowds clap as the procession to Bury Parish Church begins. Credit: ITV News

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Overnight guard of honour for Lee Rigby

Drummers from the 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers will today drum the cortege of murdered soldier Lee Rigby, past soldiers of the Regiment lining the route to Bury Parish Church for the vigil to begin this afternoon.

Fusilier Rigby will be borne into church and a short ceremony will take place attended by his family.

The honour guard will remain with Fusilier Rigby's body overnight inside the church.

The public and media have been asked to pay their respects outside the church, and the private military service will be broadcast on loudspeakers.

Family of Lee Rigby 'inundated with sympathy'

Hundreds of people left floral tributes close to the site where Lee Rigby was killed in Woolwich, south London. Credit: ITV News/Nicola Keaney

Tomorrow's funeral of Fusilier Lee Rigby is expected to be attended by hundreds of mourners following a groundswell of support for his family from the public.

His family have been inundated with cards, letters and flowers from all over the country and abroad and from all faiths in condolence.

Vigil to be held for Lee Rigby ahead of funeral

Fusilier Lee Rigby will be buried tomorrow in a private ceremony. Credit: MoD/PA Wire

A vigil will be held later today for murdered soldier Lee Rigby, ahead of his funeral tomorrow.

Loved ones and family will gather around the coffin of the Fusilier with comrade at arms keeping a guard of honour overnight at Bury Parish Church in Greater Manchester.

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