12 Jul 2013

Murdered British soldier escorted to church

6:45 pm on 12 July 2013

A military parade has escorted the body of a British soldier who was murdered in a street in London in May to the church where his funeral is to take place.

Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was hacked to death in broad daylight as he returned to his barracks in London on 22 May.

Drummers escorted the funeral cortege to the church in Bury, Greater Manchester, on Thursday.

Thousands of people lined the route, breaking into applause and throwing flowers as the cortege made its way past.

"He shouldn't have died where he died," said one spectator, who was holding a single rose. "He served twice in Afghanistan, and he died on British soil, on his homeland," she said.

A short ceremony took place at the church, attended by family members, before the main service is held on Friday.

Two men have been charged with murder and are to stand trial in November this year.