Funeral arrangements for hero soldier

Ministry of Defence undated handout photo of Sergeant Nigel Coupe, one of the six soldiers who were killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan on Tuesday.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 8, 2012. See PA story DEFENCE Afghanistan. Photo credit should read: Iain Hamer/MoD/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Ministry of Defence undated handout photo of Sergeant Nigel Coupe, one of the six soldiers who were killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan on Tuesday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 8, 2012. See PA story DEFENCE Afghanistan. Photo credit should read: Iain Hamer/MoD/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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THE funeral of hero St Annes soldier Sgt Nigel Coupe takes place on Friday.

Crowds are expected to line the streets to pay their respects to the soldier who died alongside five of his comrades when their armoured vehicle was hit by a Taliban bomb in Helmand Province last month.

The funeral cortege will pass along St Annes Road West, St Annes Road East, Heyhouses Lane and Regent Street before a full military funeral at St Annes Parish Church.

The funeral takes place at Noon, and St Annes is expected to be extremely busy between 11am and 2pm as crowds gather to pay respects to Sgt Coupe and his family.

The father-of-two’s funeral will be held in the Church Road church at noon, followed by a private interment.

Sgt Coupe was a member of 1st Battalion the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, but he was on secondment with the other soldiers’ battalion, the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment when tragedy struck.

The former Lytham St Annes High School pupil leaves behind his wife Natalie and their two children, five-year-old Ella and two-year-old Jasmine.