Fusilier Lee Rigby: Concert held in Bolton in his memory

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Hundreds of people have paid tribute to Fusilier Lee Rigby at a concert held in his memory in Greater Manchester.

The Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers performed at the concert at Victoria Hall in Bolton on Saturday evening. Fusilier Rigby's mother, stepfather and sisters all attended.

The soldier, from Langley, Middleton, was stabbed to death in the street near Woolwich Barracks in London on 22 May.

Organiser Ann-Marie Etherington said the concert was "moving and emotional".

'Poignant finale'

About 600 people attended the event, at which the Manchester branch of the Scots Guards Association Pipes and Drums also performed.

Ms Etherington, from the Rotary Club of Great Hardwood and Rishton said: "The Fusiliers designed the programme so there was something for everyone, with everything from James Bond theme music to music from shows.

"It was very emotional in parts but there was some humour too.

"The finale was extremely poignant. The final song was Here's to the Heroes and then Lee's two young sisters were presented with a large portrait of him."

She said: "Lee's mother Lyn told me it had been difficult but she was very moved by it and grateful. She said she was glad she came."

The band during rehearsals Fusilier Rigby's mother, stepfather and sisters attended the concert

Ms Etherington added: "Victoria Hall has superb acoustics and, with the 50-strong Fusilier band and 12 pipers, it made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up."

The 25-year-old soldier had been in the 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers since 2006.

He was walking to the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, south-east London, when he was struck by a car and then attacked.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, have been charged with his murder.

They deny the charges.

A trial date has been provisionally set for 18 November.

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