Lee Rigby’s fam­ily in Silk­men trib­ute

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE ROPER

THE fam­ily of mur­dered sol­dier Lee Rigby will at­tend a spe­cial Armed Forces Day at Mac­cles­field Town Foot­ball Club.

Fusilier Rigby, 25, was off duty when he was at­tacked and killed on May 22, 2013, in Wool­wich, Lon­don.

Lee’s widow, Re­becca Rigby, their son Jack Rigby, five, and Lee’s dad Phil McClure as well as other fam­ily mem­bers will join armed forces mem­bers who are in­vited to watch the Silk­men’s Va­narama Na­tional Premier League game against Alder­shot on Satur­day, Jan­uary 23 for free.

And Jack, will get the op­por­tu­nity to run out with the play­ers as mas­cot for the day.

The de­ci­sion was made to is­sue free tick­ets for the game due to Alder­shot’s con­nec­tion with the mil­i­tary – the town orig­i­nated as a mil­i­tary camp and is home to the head­quar­ters of the Army’s Sup­port Com­mand.

Dan Ack­er­ley, Mac­cles­field Town Foot­ball Club’s com­mer­cial man­ager, said: “The game on Satur­day is about Mac­cles­field Town FC, our sup­port­ers and the wider com­mu­nity of­fer­ing thanks, ap­pre­ci­a­tion and gen­eral recog­ni­tion to those whose brave job it is to de­fend our coun­try.

“It is also about re­mem­ber­ing those who make the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice and leave be­hind loved ones, in­clud­ing sons and daugh­ters.

He added: “Lee’s wife Re­becca’s aim is sim­ply to raise aware­ness of char­i­ties like ‘Scotty’s Lit­tle Sol­diers’ who sup­port the chil­dren of the be­reaved.

“This is all about the Rigby fam­ily sup­port­ing a good cause.

“Alder­shot is a town with his­toric and cur­rent links to the mil­i­tary and by mak­ing our match against them an ‘Armed Forces Day’ and al­low­ing serv­ing and re­tired forces per­son­nel in free of charge, we are able to achieve all of this.”

Do­na­tion buck­ets will be avail­able on the day, with Lee’s dad Phil, as­sist­ing with the col­lec­tions.

Dan said: “We will all be ex­tend­ing a warm wel­come to the Rigby fam­ily and we hope that Jack en­joys the day as mas­cot.”

He joked: “I be­lieve that lit­tle Jack is a Manch­ester United sup­porter but we are all go­ing to try our best to con­vert him into a Mac­cles­field Town fan!”

Re­becca said: “Lee al­ways en­joyed foot­ball. Satur­day will also be a chance for Jack and I to raise aware­ness and funds for Scotty’s Lit­tle Sol­diers. Scotty’s sup­ports the chil­dren of our fallen.

“I know Lee would fully back what we are do­ing and if he was still with us.”

The game will take place at the Moss Rose Sta­dium on Lon­don Road, with kick-off at 3pm.

To get tick­ets for the game, con­tact the foot­ball club on 01625 264686 or at re­cep­tion@mtfc.co.uk.

Top, fans at the Moss Rose, in­set, Fusilier Lee Rigby, above left, his son Jack, left, and above right, widow Re­becca

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