Greenwich

Unofficial Rigby memorial removed from railings in Woolwich

Published Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Following consultation, an unofficial memorial to Fusilier Lee Rigby has been removed.

A spokesperson for the Royal Borough of Greenwich said: "The unofficial memorial to Fusilier Lee Rigby was removed on 17 January following requests from local residents and we are also aware of the fact there is a nearby school whose pupils have to walk past this every morning and every evening. We are acting now because the number of items has expanded significantly in recent months and many have been weathered, worn and look unsightly.

"Residents of Elliston House were invited to share their views and we believe that the residents should not have to live under such conditions going forward.

"The Council has spoken with Lee's widow and mother ahead of the removal to make them aware, and they are sympathetic. We have also consulted with the Army and Police.

"The items were removed carefully and packed away for the family to collect if they wish.

"The brutal murder of Lee Rigby will be remembered by all of us; he remains in our hearts and minds. We understand that people want to pay their respects and so Royal Greenwich created two official memorials to honour not only Lee, but all of those who served or lived in the Royal Borough and sacrificed their lives for our country since 1945.

"There is a memorial plaque in nearby St George's Chapel and a book of remembrance at Woolwich Town Hall, along with an online version. Together these memorials create a lasting legacy."

Book of remembrance

View the online book of remembrance