Emotional floral tributes left at Fylde war memorial

Tributes to Drummer Lee Rigby at Ashton Gardens War Memorial in St Annes
Tributes to Drummer Lee Rigby at Ashton Gardens War Memorial in St Annes

A series of heartfelt tributes have been paid to a soldier at a Fylde war memorial.

Bouquets of flowers have been left at the war memorial in Ashton Gardens in St Annes for Drummer Lee Rigby, from Manchester, who was killed in Woolwich, London, on May 22.

Drummer Rigby died from “multiple incised wounds” in a vicious attack. Two men were shot and arrested by police after the incident, with Michael Adebowale, 22, of Greenwich, London, and Michael Adebolajo, 28, of Romford, Essex, charged with murder.

Following the events in London, Fylde-folk have paid tribute to Drummer Rigby with a series of emotional messages at the war memorial, with notes of condolence coming from as far as Hastings, Sussex.

One read: “To a brave soldier, Lee Rigby R.I.P.”

Another said: “To Lee Rigby, one of our heroes, taken in the most tragic way, Penny, Kayley, Emma and Abby.”

Another message read: “Stand down soldier R.I.P. Lee Rigby thank you for your service.”

Coun Ed Nash, Fylde Council’s armed forces member, praised the response of those who chose to pay their respects to Mr Rigby.

He said:“What happened to Drummer Rigby was a despicable act.

“He is a North West lad – it is nice to show what people are like on the Fylde coast.

“It sends a message that the British people aren’t going to be bowed by that sort of thing. It is nice to see people recognising him.”