Muslim group hands out roses in Nelson in memory of murdered soldier

Drummer Lee Rigby
Drummer Lee Rigby

People across the centre of Nelson were given roses as a tribute to soldier Drummer Lee Rigby who was killed in London.

It was carried out by a Muslim organisation based in Pendle – Inspiring Grace – which works hard to bring the community together.

Volunteers from the organisation were in the town centre on Saturday and gave out real fresh roses to all sorts of people in Drummer Rigby’s memory, and the action was highly respected.

Organiser Mr Tahir Anwar said: “It went very well. We got a really positive response from the public in the heart of town.

“I felt people really appreciated the gesture.”

It followed a whole series of organistions including mosques, churches and other bodies last week who called for peace between this country’s varied communities.

The regional Church of England and Lancashire Council of Mosques, along with Nelson’s Madina Mosque, Building Bridges Pendle and others made it clear they were greatly saddened by Drummer Rigby’s death.

Two men have appeared in court charged with his murder and a trial will follow.

Drummer Rigby was from Manchester and was the father of a two-year-old son. People across Pendle are praying for peace.