Rigby family offer their condolences
THE family of Fusilier Lee Rigby have offered their condolences to friends and relatives of the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack.
It happened four years ago to the day Fusilier Rigby, a 25-year-old dad-ofone from Middleton, was knifed to death by extremists Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale outside his army barracks in Woolwich, south-east London.
In a statement released by the Lee Rigby Foundation, a charity set-up in his memory, mum Lyn said: “My heart goes out to all the families affected by the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena. On the fourth anniversary of Lee’s death I have been taken back to how we felt as a family as events unfolded via the media in front of our eyes.
“Feeling out of control, helpless, panicked, every parent’s worst nightmare. Waiting for confirmation Lee was involved.
“On an evening when families were out enjoying themselves, some parents find themselves now in the same situation.
“Whole families affected forever. We must stand together against terrorism.”
Fusilier Rigby’s uncle Ray Dutton, a councillor in Heywood, said: “On behalf of the Lee Rigby family I’d like to offer our condolences to the families of all the victims and the people injured last night. No-one knows more than we do the pain and the suffering they must be going through now.
“It saddens us as a family that yet again it is the youth of our community who have been targeted in this way. While this comes as a shock it is not a surprise.
“We were told four years ago that this threat was not going to go away and I said at the time that the cocoon of safety we had been living in was now gone.
“This is just a way of life now and it is difficult to see how an attack like last night can be stopped. Incidents like this do test your faith, but Manchester will get over this. We will survive.”
On Sunday the fourth anniversary of Lee’s brutal murder was marked at a service in his home town.
Members of motorbike club the Rigby Guardians travel from across the country each year in memory of the tragic soldier. More than 100 people turned out for the annual event.