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Lee Rigby family's emotional visit to Charlton Athletic memorial
The family of murdered soldier Lee Rigby paid an emotional visit to a plaque set up by Charlton fans in his honour.
Lyn Rigby was joined by husband Ian at The Valley at the weekend, laying flowers on the plaque - the borough's only permanent memorial to Drummer Rigby, who was murdered last May in Woolwich by Hither Green and Greenwich extremists Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale.
The brainchild of a group of Charlton fans, the plaque was funded by supporter donations following a campaign last year - with even Millwall fans pledging money.
Addicks fan Jakki Taylor, 44, from Welling, who helped organise the campaign, said: "Lyn got very emotional when she laid her flowers down, which is completely understandable."
The Rigbys had also been joined by supporters who are helping them to launch a charity initiative called Team Lee, aiming to raise money for soldiers who need help adjusting to civilian life.
Ms Taylor said: "It was incredibly humbling.
"Lyn is an amazing woman - she's stayed so strong despite all the things she's been through.
After laying the flowers, they were taken up to the Millennium Suite where they were joined by celebrity Addicks fan Jim Davidson.
Ms Taylor said: "It was kept very low key although obviously some people came up to say hello. People were very respectful."
Thousands join Facebook group
Hundreds of people are continuing to join a Facebook group calling for a Lee Rigby memorial near where the fusilier was killed.
So far 12,850 people - including members of the Rigby family - have joined the Memorial for Fusilier Lee Rigby group online, set up by Lorna Taylor whose own son served alongside the Woolwich soldier.
Ms Taylor and the group's admin team have been writing to the council, Army officials, MPs and Boris Johnson to get support.
But, as News Shopper reported last month, Greenwich Council says it is up to the Army to decide what the most appropriate memorial should be - with Lee Rigby's name added to the National Arboretum being their preferred choice.
Greenwich and Woolwich MP Nick Raynsford has also written to the group warning a memorial could cast a shadow over the area and might attract undesirable interest from extremists.
However, Ms Taylor said: "It's nearly a year now and something needs to be done. This is what the majority of people want."
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