Floral tributes laid for soldier Lee Rigby

War memorial Fleet'Flowers laid for Drummer Lee Rigby
War memorial Fleet'Flowers laid for Drummer Lee Rigby
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Floral tributes are being laid across South Holland in response to the online “Protest of Flowers” campaign.

A Facebook page has been set up calling for people in every city, town and village in Britain to place flowers at their local war memorial ahead of Drummer Lee Rigby’s funeral as a protest against terrorism.

Flowers were placed in Fleet Hargate by Jo and Patrick Halford – the parents of a serving police officer in Woolwich, where Lee was murdered.

Mr Halford said: “Our son, John, is in the police force and it brought it home to us that what happened to Lee could happen to anyone wearing a Help for Heroes T-shirt.

“For some time our other son, Robert, served in the RAF in Iraq, so when we heard about the Protest of Flowers we thought we would like to do something.

“London, where thousands of bunches have been left, was a bit too far, so we thought the perfect place for us was Fleet Hargate’s memorial.”

Flowers left in Pinchbeck read: “In memory of a brave soldier, Drummer Lee Rigby. Our thoughts are with your family and friends in the hope that it is some comfort to see the kindness and compassion of the British public.”

Doreen Hewitt, membership secretary of the Spalding branch of the Royal British Legion, welcomed flowers being laid at local memorials.

She said: “I think it is a fitting tribute to one of our heroes. Lee was a serving soldier and to have flowers laid at the memorials is a brilliant idea.

“It will help to unite our country against terrorism. Our soldiers continually face conflict and the threat of being killed.

“The wreaths we lay on Remembrance Day in November are not just for that day, but for every day.”