Woolwich attack: Private military funeral to be held in Bury church

09:15 04 July 2013

Lee Rigby was killed in Woolwich on May 22. Picture: MoD/PA

Lee Rigby was killed in Woolwich on May 22. Picture: MoD/PA

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A date has been set for a private military funeral of Woolwich attack victim Drummer Lee Rigby, the Ministry of Defence has announced.

A military service for the killed soldier will be held next Friday at a parish church in Bury, Manchester, with a guard of honour keeping vigil over his body the night before.

Bury has strong links with Drummer Rigby’s regiment, the 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, whose roots go back to the Bury-based Lancashire Fusiliers.

The funeral will be a private service, broadcast to outsiders via a PA system, an MoD spokesman said.

Drummer Rigby was killed as he returned to Woolwich barracks from the Tower of London on May 22.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, have been charged with his murder and are due to stand trial at the Old Bailey on November 18.

They will appear at the same court for a plea and case management hearing on September 27.