Soldier to be remembered at memorial

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Soldier Lee Rigby will be remembered with a two minute silence at Blackpool war memorial as his body is laid to rest tomorrow.

After more than 100 people turned out to pay their respects to the serviceman
 after he was killed on a London street the same organisers have arranged a second memoriam.

Drummer Rigby, 25, died on May 22.

Two men, Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, are due to stand trial accused of murder.

Local businessman Stephen Russell, 40, of Condor Grove, has organised the remembrance event, liaising with Blackpool Council and police to ensure its smooth running.

He said: “This is showing community spirit across the country.

“It is showing that Lee Rigby may be dead, and other 
soldiers may be dead, but they are not forgotten.

“We want to show respect to all fallen soldiers from First World War to present,it’s about all of them.

“By people coming together it symbolises that we’ve still got that community spirit.”

The two minute silence
 will take place at the war 
memorial, on Princess Parade, on the Promenade at 11am.

The event is to be held at the same time as Drummer Rigby’s funeral in Bury.

Mr Russell added: “What we’ve also said to people is if they can’t attend, due to work commitments perhaps, we fully understand so please feel free to ask your employer or workmates to have a minute silence.”