March in support of murdered Lee Rigby

Lee Rigby
Lee Rigby

A GROUP of mums are organising a peaceful march across Wigan to honour the soldier who was brutally murdered just yards away from his barracks.

As the rest of the nation gasped in horror at the news that drummer Lee Rigby had been knifed to death near his army base in Woolwich, the incident struck a chord with Sonia Lomax, of Worsley Mesnes.

Sonia, over the last few years, has been campaigning and supporting the rights of the armed forced through her nationwide group, Army Mums UK.

Following in the footsteps of Woolwich Strong Organisation Group, which was set up on Facebook shortly after the horrific incident on May 22, Sonia plans to hold a march in the town centre on Sunday June 23 from noon until 1pm.

The 41-year-old, whose son, Daniel Cunliffe, 22, is based at Weeton Barracks with the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, said: “Joshua Bonehill from London set up the Woolwich Strong Organisation Group and each town and city has its own group with organisers.

“There are 40 branches in total who are trying to promote their own area and do their own march on June 23.

“This will be a peaceful walk through the town to raise awareness and honour drummer Lee Rigby.

“There will be no members of the EDL or far right present.

“I am inviting the people of Wigan to join us. We have a lot of support already but we want to make more people aware of what is happening and the things soldiers face.”

To take part visit the Wigan-Strong group on Facebook. A location is yet to be confirmed.

DRUMMER Lee Rigby was killed after receiving multiple stab wounds outside his barracks in Woolwich on May 22.

Two men have been charged with his murder. Michael Adebolajo, 28, appeared before Westminster magistrates on Monday and was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey within 48 hours.

Michael Adebowale, 22, appeared at the Old Bailey via video link and will next come before the same court on June 28. Both were shot by police before they were arrested.