Accompanied by drums, the coffin of murdered British soldier Lee Rigby arrived at his regiment’s church in Bury for an overnight vigil on Thursday. Hundreds lined the route of the procession.
Floral tributes inscribed with the words, ‘brother’, ‘son’ and ‘husband’ decorated the casket. His relatives said goodbye to their loved one in a service ahead of the full military funeral which is being held on Friday.
Rigby was killed outside his Woolwich army barracks in broad daylight in May. The two men accused of his murder face trial in November.
Though the crime sparked tensions between far-right groups and the Muslim community, Rigby’s family said that his death has united the country.
The military funeral will be relayed via loud speakers outside the church and areas have been set aside along the route for those who wish to pay tribute before he is finally laid to rest in a private burial.