No Woolwich memorial for Lee Rigby despite 12,000-strong campaign

Lee Rigby

A wall of flowers were left at the scene last year

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DESPITE the support of nearly 12,000 people, including members of Lee Rigby's own family, there are still no plans for a Woolwich memorial to the murdered solider.

Lorna Taylor, whose son fought with Fusilier Rigby in Afghanistan, has led the calls for a permanent tribute at the site where the soldier was run down and killed last year while on his way back to Woolwich Barracks.

But Greenwich Council insists a final decision rests with the Army, who say "the most dignified and appropriate manner" to mark the soldier's life is at the National Arboretum memorial, where his name will appear among other fallen comrades.

Ms Taylor, whose Facebook group Memorial For Fusilier Lee Rigby has 11,800 supporters, said: "I was hoping they'd see this is what the Woolwich community want."

The 46-year-old retail worker, of Western Way, Thamesmead, added: "Woolwich is an army town so we should honour our fallen soldiers. I believe a tribute near where he died would be a fitting place."

News Shopper: People leave flowers at the scene of the murder at the junction of Artillery Place and John Wilson Street in Woolwich

The sensitivity of the issue has been heightened by last week's news that Michael Adebolajo, found guilty of the murder last year, is appealing his conviction.

A plaque for murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence in Eltham sets a precedent for the memorial, though the Well Hall Road tribute has occasionally been the target of vandals.

But Greenwich Council leader Councillor Chris Roberts has often seemed defensive over the Woolwich murder's location, disappearing when the Prime Minister visited after the killing, questioning groups' motives for memorials to the fallen soldier and calling for Woolwich to be "left alone" by the media.

Fusilier Rigby's mum Lyn told News Shopper she would be writing to the council in support of the group. A council spokesman said the letter would be considered when it arrived.

And, responding to the calls, Greenwich Council released a statement last week, saying: "From the outset, the council has determined to work with and through the Army which Lee loved and through which he served his country and gave his life. Given the Army's historic role in the history of our town it does not make sense to do otherwise.

"The Army has been our link to Lee's family and we will continue to work through and with them in managing this still painful and raw matter. We will consider requests through the Army, but we would expect the Army to be the first call for those wishing to create memorials."

"Proper commemoration"

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: "We would like to thank the community of Woolwich for their continued support following the tragic death of Fusilier Lee Rigby.

"We recognise the importance of properly commemorating Fusilier Rigby’s sacrifice and this will be marked at the National Arboretum where his name will appear alongside colleagues, friends and all soldiers who have died on operations."

He added: "The manner in which the local community of Woolwich has supported its Army partners in the aftermath of the tragic death of Fusilier Rigby has been exemplary, inspiring and appreciated hugely."

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9:54am Tue 4 Feb 14

concerned.erith says...

If they can have a plaque for Stephen Lawerence the they should allow one for Lee Rigby. Local people want it.
If they can have a plaque for Stephen Lawerence the they should allow one for Lee Rigby. Local people want it. concerned.erith
  • Score: 135

10:33am Tue 4 Feb 14

Joelo says...

Absolutely disgusting. Goes to show just how out of touch the council are with the majority of the residents. They're prob worried about upsetting any Muslim extremists. You have to wonder how different the response would be if a Muslim had been killed in the same circumstances!
Absolutely disgusting. Goes to show just how out of touch the council are with the majority of the residents. They're prob worried about upsetting any Muslim extremists. You have to wonder how different the response would be if a Muslim had been killed in the same circumstances! Joelo
  • Score: 115

10:39am Tue 4 Feb 14

Virtual-Monster says...

I would like to see an appropriate memorial for Lee Rigby, in a place where it is free from vandalism and desecration. The Stephen Lawrence memorial plaque has been attacked and vandalised and it still needs a CCTV camera watching it 24/7 to protect it.

This is of course a sad indictment of modern society and the lack of tolerance that exists amongst the people who frequent our streets.

Maybe the Army is right and a memorial for Lee Rigby amongst his fallen comrades where it will be respected and not abused, is the right thing to do.

What is not the right thing is for Councillor Rancid Roberts to try to paper over the pain that Lee Rigby's awful murder has caused. Many in Greenwich have noticed that Rancid Roberts is happy to affiliate himself with anything to do with Stephen Lawrence, but when a white man is murdered he has shied away like a rabbit in the headlights.

It's clear that Rancid Roberts is playing politics by trying not to upset Muslims and people of black and minority ethnic backgrounds (who make up a very large percentage of voters in his ward).

The irony of course is that Muslims and people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds were amongst the first people to stand up and show their disgust at Lee's murder and have been some of the loudest voices seeking justice for Lee and our way of life.

Rancid Roberts brings shame on the people of Greenwich and the sooner he is dumped into political oblivion the better.
I would like to see an appropriate memorial for Lee Rigby, in a place where it is free from vandalism and desecration. The Stephen Lawrence memorial plaque has been attacked and vandalised and it still needs a CCTV camera watching it 24/7 to protect it. This is of course a sad indictment of modern society and the lack of tolerance that exists amongst the people who frequent our streets. Maybe the Army is right and a memorial for Lee Rigby amongst his fallen comrades where it will be respected and not abused, is the right thing to do. What is not the right thing is for Councillor Rancid Roberts to try to paper over the pain that Lee Rigby's awful murder has caused. Many in Greenwich have noticed that Rancid Roberts is happy to affiliate himself with anything to do with Stephen Lawrence, but when a white man is murdered he has shied away like a rabbit in the headlights. It's clear that Rancid Roberts is playing politics by trying not to upset Muslims and people of black and minority ethnic backgrounds (who make up a very large percentage of voters in his ward). The irony of course is that Muslims and people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds were amongst the first people to stand up and show their disgust at Lee's murder and have been some of the loudest voices seeking justice for Lee and our way of life. Rancid Roberts brings shame on the people of Greenwich and the sooner he is dumped into political oblivion the better. Virtual-Monster
  • Score: 45

10:58am Tue 4 Feb 14

whats common about sense says...

To be fair they're probably thinking that the BNP/EDL lot will use it as a publicity tool for their agenda, extremists will use it as a focal point for their hatred and probably damage it which will stir up trouble and more hatred and probably lead to more riots and justify the "us and them" mentality. There are extremists on both sides and there are ordinary people getting caught up, the last thing anybody wants is tension rising and somebody else being attacked or murdered.

I am only thinking of the Stephen Lawrence plague which has been damaged several times and which costs a fortune to look after and stirs up hatred and resentment to this very day. However the council shot themselves in the foot by giving a plaque to Lawrence as everybody knows he was not the saint his momma portrays but none of that can be printed as he isn't alive to defend the allegations, if you are going to honour somebody like Stephen Lawrence then how can you justify not honouring a soldier that was murdered? Quite simply you cannot.
To be fair they're probably thinking that the BNP/EDL lot will use it as a publicity tool for their agenda, extremists will use it as a focal point for their hatred and probably damage it which will stir up trouble and more hatred and probably lead to more riots and justify the "us and them" mentality. There are extremists on both sides and there are ordinary people getting caught up, the last thing anybody wants is tension rising and somebody else being attacked or murdered. I am only thinking of the Stephen Lawrence plague which has been damaged several times and which costs a fortune to look after and stirs up hatred and resentment to this very day. However the council shot themselves in the foot by giving a plaque to Lawrence as everybody knows he was not the saint his momma portrays but none of that can be printed as he isn't alive to defend the allegations, if you are going to honour somebody like Stephen Lawrence then how can you justify not honouring a soldier that was murdered? Quite simply you cannot. whats common about sense
  • Score: 29

11:34am Tue 4 Feb 14

The Fozziest of Bears says...

Why not add a commemorative plaque or similar to an existing war memorial?

Roberts has to go at the next opportunity - he is so out of touch with the people who put him in power.
Why not add a commemorative plaque or similar to an existing war memorial? Roberts has to go at the next opportunity - he is so out of touch with the people who put him in power. The Fozziest of Bears
  • Score: 37

12:38pm Tue 4 Feb 14

kentlad says...

concerned.erith wrote:
If they can have a plaque for Stephen Lawerence the they should allow one for Lee Rigby. Local people want it.
The answer is in your comment.... say no more!
[quote][p][bold]concerned.erith[/bold] wrote: If they can have a plaque for Stephen Lawerence the they should allow one for Lee Rigby. Local people want it.[/p][/quote]The answer is in your comment.... say no more! kentlad
  • Score: 65

1:18pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Joelo says...

Wonder if baroness Lawrence has anything to say about this?
Wonder if baroness Lawrence has anything to say about this? Joelo
  • Score: 111

3:30pm Tue 4 Feb 14

paulbexleyheath says...

kentlad wrote:
concerned.erith wrote:
If they can have a plaque for Stephen Lawerence the they should allow one for Lee Rigby. Local people want it.
The answer is in your comment.... say no more!
steven was blak and lee was white. simples
[quote][p][bold]kentlad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]concerned.erith[/bold] wrote: If they can have a plaque for Stephen Lawerence the they should allow one for Lee Rigby. Local people want it.[/p][/quote]The answer is in your comment.... say no more![/p][/quote]steven was blak and lee was white. simples paulbexleyheath
  • Score: 121

11:03pm Wed 5 Feb 14

sarfflondonbird says...

No hesitation in erecting a plaque in honour of a black nobody who did nothing commemorative for this country, but a different story when it comes to a white soldier being used as Canon fodder for this country. How disgusting of this Borough and showing a touch of racism to boot. Better of having a worthwhile memorial in his home town where a) his local council will appreciate him and all he has done for the foreign countries and b) where his family can gather, appreciate and knowing the stature won't be wrecked every five minutes by extremists and nut jobs.
No hesitation in erecting a plaque in honour of a black nobody who did nothing commemorative for this country, but a different story when it comes to a white soldier being used as Canon fodder for this country. How disgusting of this Borough and showing a touch of racism to boot. Better of having a worthwhile memorial in his home town where a) his local council will appreciate him and all he has done for the foreign countries and b) where his family can gather, appreciate and knowing the stature won't be wrecked every five minutes by extremists and nut jobs. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 151

11:05pm Wed 5 Feb 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Joelo wrote:
Wonder if baroness Lawrence has anything to say about this?
Probably not because Lee was white.
[quote][p][bold]Joelo[/bold] wrote: Wonder if baroness Lawrence has anything to say about this?[/p][/quote]Probably not because Lee was white. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 114

4:12am Thu 6 Feb 14

STEVEN P MOORE says...

The local community can fund and errect some kind of memorial to Lee. They do not need the army's permission to do so unless using regimental badges etc. The council leader Roberts sounds like a right tit!
The local community can fund and errect some kind of memorial to Lee. They do not need the army's permission to do so unless using regimental badges etc. The council leader Roberts sounds like a right tit! STEVEN P MOORE
  • Score: 29

4:13am Thu 6 Feb 14

STEVEN P MOORE says...

The local community can fund and errect some kind of memorial to Lee. They do not need the army's permission to do so unless using regimental badges etc. The council leader Roberts sounds like a right tit!
The local community can fund and errect some kind of memorial to Lee. They do not need the army's permission to do so unless using regimental badges etc. The council leader Roberts sounds like a right tit! STEVEN P MOORE
  • Score: 18

9:52am Thu 6 Feb 14

kennycrabshaw says...

the local mp signed the support for a war in a muslim country so has to shoulder the blame 4 what happ to rigby; i think his gone a bit shtumm on this one innit
the local mp signed the support for a war in a muslim country so has to shoulder the blame 4 what happ to rigby; i think his gone a bit shtumm on this one innit kennycrabshaw
  • Score: 6

1:28pm Thu 6 Feb 14

ความจริง says...

Total disgrace, maybe they could use some of the alleged £600 Million sent to Syria on a memorial for Lee Rigby?

Hang on, isn't that the Government funding terrorism........
Total disgrace, maybe they could use some of the alleged £600 Million sent to Syria on a memorial for Lee Rigby? Hang on, isn't that the Government funding terrorism........ ความจริง
  • Score: -51

6:41pm Thu 6 Feb 14

mouthalmighty says...

You vile bitter people. Find the facts before shooting your mouth off.
You vile bitter people. Find the facts before shooting your mouth off. mouthalmighty
  • Score: -44

9:34am Fri 7 Feb 14

kentlad says...

mouthalmighty wrote:
You vile bitter people. Find the facts before shooting your mouth off.
vile bitter people??? no I think you will find they are just normal people who are fed up of the way this country is being run and watching it fall to pieces around them... It's the government causing a wedge between the different races by having one rule for one and one for another, I thought we were all equal??? doesn’t matter if you are a law abiding citizen, work hard and pay taxes because we clearly are not treated equally!
[quote][p][bold]mouthalmighty[/bold] wrote: You vile bitter people. Find the facts before shooting your mouth off.[/p][/quote]vile bitter people??? no I think you will find they are just normal people who are fed up of the way this country is being run and watching it fall to pieces around them... It's the government causing a wedge between the different races by having one rule for one and one for another, I thought we were all equal??? doesn’t matter if you are a law abiding citizen, work hard and pay taxes because we clearly are not treated equally! kentlad
  • Score: 50

10:21am Fri 7 Feb 14

the narkybadger says...

no wonder the bnpers ukippers are gaining new members an votes everyday people atack to them from what i read online lmao
no wonder the bnpers ukippers are gaining new members an votes everyday people atack to them from what i read online lmao the narkybadger
  • Score: 20

9:56am Sat 8 Feb 14

jeepo17 says...

the narkybadger wrote:
no wonder the bnpers ukippers are gaining new members an votes everyday people atack to them from what i read online lmao
gypo joe and baba5750 want anyone voting, supporting, joining the Bnp-Ukip sent to jail! extremist or what hun! whaaaa! hugs n kisses xx xx
[quote][p][bold]the narkybadger[/bold] wrote: no wonder the bnpers ukippers are gaining new members an votes everyday people atack to them from what i read online lmao[/p][/quote]gypo joe and baba5750 want anyone voting, supporting, joining the Bnp-Ukip sent to jail! extremist or what hun! whaaaa! hugs n kisses xx xx jeepo17
  • Score: 20

10:54am Sun 9 Feb 14

tellmethisdoesn'twork says...

Roberts...You are clearly not someone who is proud to be a member of the British population.
It is clear that you have a disregard to the feelings of your own boroughs population.
It is clear that you have to show some dignity and resign without fail.
If you do not wish to go, I suggest that all the voting public in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, start attending council meetings and voice their concern and disapproval of Roberts position/
I also suggest the same voting public make sure you do not get another term in office.
Roberts...You are clearly not someone who is proud to be a member of the British population. It is clear that you have a disregard to the feelings of your own boroughs population. It is clear that you have to show some dignity and resign without fail. If you do not wish to go, I suggest that all the voting public in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, start attending council meetings and voice their concern and disapproval of Roberts position/ I also suggest the same voting public make sure you do not get another term in office. tellmethisdoesn'twork
  • Score: 35

12:57am Mon 10 Feb 14

ISaidThis says...

"in honour of a black nobody"

What a pleasant person you sound. I bet you're the life and soul of the party.
"in honour of a black nobody" What a pleasant person you sound. I bet you're the life and soul of the party. ISaidThis
  • Score: -28

12:16pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Gypo.Joe says...

ISaidThis wrote:
"in honour of a black nobody"

What a pleasant person you sound. I bet you're the life and soul of the party.
"Its" a BNP troll, you wouldn't expect anything else from them all.
[quote][p][bold]ISaidThis[/bold] wrote: "in honour of a black nobody" What a pleasant person you sound. I bet you're the life and soul of the party.[/p][/quote]"Its" a BNP troll, you wouldn't expect anything else from them all. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 22

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