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  • 22 May 2014, 22:20

Lee Rigby Anniversary: Bikers Lead Tributes

Hundreds of bikers led tributes to murdered soldier Lee Rigby on the first anniversary of his death.

A memorial event was held yards from where he was horrifically killed on May 22, 2013.

Current and former servicemen were among the riders as respects were paid at Woolwich Barracks in south-east London.

Fusilier Rigby's widow Rebecca broke down in tears after laying a wreath.

Military personnel marched from their parade ground to the main gates, where a service was held.

Others rode past beeping horns and waving union flags.

Many of the well-wishers who lined the street donned Help for Heroes T-shirts similar to that worn by the soldier when he was murdered.

Organiser Julia Stevenson read a poem sent by Lee's mother Lyn.

It said: "The day is fading and the night is drawing near, the setting of the sun for a life we hold so dear.

"The darkness is not forever, for again the day will come, and new light will surround us and engulf us all as one.

"We'll manage through these bad times, we'll struggle through the storm, we'll tread amongst the roses, we'll pull the painful thorn.

"Yes, we know that we will miss you, but that's for us to bear, for we know that you are safe now, and you don't have to care.

"Goodnight our son, brother, uncle, father and soulmate.

"Goodnight my fellow soldier friend, goodnight our peaceful warrior.

"In your memory we'll defend."

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, who confronted one of Fusilier Rigby's killers, Michael Adebowale, following the attack, was there to pay her respects.

Adebowale was given a minumin term of 45 years, while Michael Adebolajo was sentenced to serve a whole life tariff following the attack.

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