Lee Rigby Memorial Walks

On Saturday 24th May two memorial walks took place for Lee Rigby, a British Army soldier of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, who a year ago was attacked and killed by two African Muslims in a south London street.

This was a racial attack – as well as a political and religious attack – make no bones about it. Lee was killed pure and simply for being a White British squadie.

While others may forget very quickly, British Loyalists and English Patriots don’t and two memorial walks – one in the centre of Manchester – near to where Lee was born and lived – and the other in Woolwich south London – where Lee was stationed and sadly killed.

H&D editor Mark Cotterill attended the Manchester walk, which was led by the Bolton Caledonian Pipe band. Mark and 300 other Patriots from many different groups including, BNP, UKIP, BM, NWI, EDL, CXF EDL and EBF gathered in Piccadilly Gardens – right in the heart city centre – and marched through the busy shopping centre to the cenotaph near Manchester Cathedral. At the cenotaph a short service was held, poems read and flowers were laid in Lee’s memory. A minutes silence was held, not just for Lee, but for all British soldiers, who have lost their lives in service to their country. Special mention was made of those brave lads who fought in World War I as we are approaching the 100th anniversary of The Great War.

Even though the rain poured down all day, in typical Manchester fashion, and most got drenched (including H&D’s editor!) spirits were high amongst the 300 Patriots – including many women and children, and we would not have wished to be anywhere else that day, but in Manchester – remembering Lee Rigby, one of our own – a Lancashire Lad from Middleton, a true Son of St. George.

At the same time, down in Woolwich, South London, over 1,500 Patriots marched behind the Pride of the Somme Flute band from Liverpool through the streets of our capital city and close to the spot where Lee was attacked and killed by African Muslims.

Thankfully our comrades in London had better weather than we did in the north, and also had a much better turnout. It was great to see Patriots from many different groups and parties putting aside petty differences for one day, and joining as one, in Lee’s memory. It was also good to see many football lads from Chelsea, Millwall, Tottenham, Arsenal and Charlton, coming together and marching united as Englishmen.

H&D’s editor in the Manchester rain

Far left-wing, communist and anarchist groups had threatened to turn up and attack both memorial walks, but had a late change of mind and in the end kept well away from both.

In the case of Manchester, if the commies had turned up, they may have got their first decent wash of the year!And in London the sight of over 200 Chelsea and Millwall lads at London Bridge station, making their way to the walk’s formation point at Woolwich, had the anarchists almost falling over themselves to get back on the trains to their parents’ houses in Hampstead and Kensington!

* – Last Thursday, 22nd May, the anniversary of the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, Tess Culnane and Richard Edmunds made a short film in tribute to the slain soldier. Here it is :

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