Town services for murdered British soldier

Craigavon Mayor, Cllr Carla Lockhart with Roberta McNally, chair of Lurgan and Brownlow Royal British Legion, Albert Houson, RBL president, Steven Woods and Andrew Walker who laid flowers in memory of Drummer Lee Rigby. INLM22-101gc
Craigavon Mayor, Cllr Carla Lockhart with Roberta McNally, chair of Lurgan and Brownlow Royal British Legion, Albert Houson, RBL president, Steven Woods and Andrew Walker who laid flowers in memory of Drummer Lee Rigby. INLM22-101gc
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TWO memorial services have been arranged in Lurgan for the British soldier murdered in Woolwich last week.

One of the services took place on Tuesday, led by the Royal British Legion while a second service is scheduled for Sunday organised by Ancre Somme Society.

On Tuesday evening at 6pm flowers were laid at the war memorial in memory of Drummer Lee Rigby.

On Sunday at 11am the Ancre Somme Association will be holding a short service, again at the war memorial for the murdered solider.

A book of condolence has also been opened for Drummer Lee Rigby at Craigavon Civic Centre and Lurgan Town Hall which is available to sign during opening hours.

Roberta McNally, chair of Lurgan Royal British Legion said: “Tuesday’s short ceremony was very much about remembering and paying our respects to Drummer Lee Rigby who was so brutally murdered last week, and to reflect on the very sad loss.

“This cold, callous act of terrorism has resulted in one of our troops having been cut off in the prime of life leaving a small family behind.

“This brutal murder has brought back harrowing memories for many of our ex-service men and women here in Northern Ireland who suffered at the hands of terrorists throughout the troubles, therefore, on behalf of Lurgan and Brownlow branch we wanted to extend our sympathies to the Rigby family and show solidarity with all who serve in our Armed Forces,” she added.

The 25-year-old soldier with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was murdered outside Woolwich Barracks last Wednesday.