Fylde says goodbye to hero soldier

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ST ANNES paused on Friday to say goodbye to hero soldier Sgt Nigel Coup.

Crowds lined 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 of Sgt Nigel Coupe at St Annes Parish Church

The funeral of Sgt Nigel Coupe at St Annes Parish Church

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

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.

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