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Lee Rigby respite centre opens for former soldiers

Parents of anyone who has served in the armed forces will understand the constant worry for their safety. And from this week there is more support for parents if they have a son or daughter killed serving their country.

It's thanks to the incredible fundraising drive by the mother of Lee Rigby- the soldier from Middleton who was killed in a terrorist attack near his barracks in London.

The respite centre is named after Lee and opened in Staffordshire at the weekend.

Prince Harry meets widow and son of Lee Rigby

Prince Harry became a plate-spinning children's entertainer when Buckingham Palace was transformed into a funfair for the sons and daughters of the fallen.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Harry hosted hundreds of youngsters at the Queen's famous London home for Party at the Palace, a open-air festival in honour of the children of servicemen and women killed while serving their country.

Harry joined the widow and son of Fusilier Lee Rigby, who was killed by two Islamic extremists outside Woolwich Barracks in south east London in 2013. The pair were later jailed for life.

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The prince, Rebecca Rigby, 34, and her son Jack, aged six, tried their hand at plate-spinning and shared a laugh as the royal struggled to keep his plate in the air to the amusement of watching parents and children.

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Lee Rigby's family say concert will thank Middleton for outstanding support

Fusilier Lee Rigby Credit: ITV Granada

Fusilier Lee Rigby's family say tonight's concert is a chance 'to give something back to Middleton for the family's outstanding support'.

Up to a hundred performers will take to the stage to raise money for the Lee Rigby Foundation. His family want to open respite homes where bereaved families of veterans can relax and support each other.

Lee was murdered outside his barracks in Woolwich in May 2013.

His stepfather Ian Rigby says it should be a great event. For more information about tonight's concert and tickets click here

Women who tried to help Lee Rigby should get award says MP

Lee Rigby was killed near his barracks in Woolwich Credit: GTV

An MP has called for the three women who confronted the killers of Lee Rigby and sought to help the soldier should be officially honoured for their bravery.

Conservative MP for New Forest East Julian Lewis says Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, Amanda Donnelly and Gemini Donnelly-Martin should be given either a Queen's Commendation or a George Medal for their actions on the day Fusilier Rigby was killed.

Mr Lewis said the bystanders, who are known as the "angels of Woolwich", deserve an honour and pointed out that one of them now suffers mental health problems. On May 22 last year, Muslim converts Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale ran down and killed the soldier near Woolwich Barracks, south-east London.


Fusilier Lee Rigby's name engraved on National Memorial

Engraver Nick Hindle engraves the names. Credit: PA

Work has begun to engrave the name of Lee Rigby and 16 other forces personel killed on duty in 2013 on Britain's largest military memorial.

Fusilier Lee Rigby Credit: PA

The Fusilier, from Middleton, was killed by Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 23, in a street in Woolwich, south-east London last year.

His name will be immortalised alongside 16,000 other military personnel at the Armed Forces Memorial in the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Stonemason Nick Hindle began producing the tribute yesterday morning and is expected to take several weeks to chisel the name of the murdered soldier, and 16 others killed last year, into the Portland stone walls.

A stencil with the name of LJ Rigby used by engraver Nick Hindle. Credit: PA
Engraver Nick Hindle engraves the names of UK Armed Forces personnel killed on duty in 2013. Credit: PA
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