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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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Hundreds turn out to remember soldier shot in Iraq

Crowds turn out to remember young soldier and father. Credit: ITV Granada

Hundreds turn out in Middleton to remember Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington who was shot in Iraq.

Friends and family organised the memorial service in his home town to celebrate the life of the young soldier and father.

His family have described his death a 'tragic accident for all those involved'.

He was shot in a camp north of Baghdad in an incident which 'was not the result of enemy fire'.

Memorial gardens in Middleton remembering Scott Hetherington Credit: ITV Granada

Family and friends remember soldier shot in Iraq

Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington Credit: Ministry of Defence

A special memorial is being held in Middleton today to celebrate the life of a soldier who was shot in Iraq.

Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington was serving with the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment when he was died in what's been described as a 'tragic accident'.

He had just become a father to baby girl three months before he died.

Scott Hetherington's coffin carried by his regimental colleagues Credit: MOD

The Ministry of Defence said his death "is currently under investigation", but it was "not a result of enemy activity."

His body was repatriated back to UK last week. His partner and baby daughter Safaya were at the airbase in Brize Norton as his body was flown home.

Scott Hetherington's baby daughter at his repatriation Credit: ITV Granada

You can find details of the events planned for Scott at Middleton Memorial Gardens here.


Body of Scott Hetherington flown home from Iraq

The body of a soldier from Greater Manchester who was killed in Iraq has been flown home.

Scott Hetherington, who was 22 and from Middleton, was serving with Duke of Lancaster's Regiment when he was killed in an apparent training accident.

His family were at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire to see him repatriated.

Our correspondent Elaine Willcox was there.

Plane carrying body of North West soldier who died in Iraq arrives in the UK

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Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington from Middleton was serving with the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.

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The Ministry of Defence say the father of one was shot in a "non combat incident".

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His family are at Brize Norton for his repatriation.

Family waiting for repatriation of solider killed in Iraq

The family of a solider killed in Iraq are at RAF Brize Norton as his body is flown home.

Lance Cpl Scott Hetherington was killed in what the Ministry of Defence say was a "non-combat incident".

Our correspondent Elaine Willcox is tweeting from Brize Norton:

Soldier's body flown home from Iraq after shooting

Scott Hetherington Credit: Ministry of Denfence

The body of a soldier from Greater Manchester who died in Iraq is being flown home today.

Scott Hetherington from Middleton was serving with the 2nd Battalion, Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.

The Ministry of Defence say the father of one was shot in a "non combat incident".

An investigation is underway.

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