EDL organise Rigby tribute in Sutton

Sutton -in-Ashfield town centre. Portland Square
Sutton -in-Ashfield town centre. Portland Square

A memorial walk and two minutes’ silence in honour of murdered soldier Lee Rigby is to be held by the English Defence League in Sutton on Sunday.

The tribute has been organised by the Mansfield and Ashfield Division of the controversial right-wing organisation and has been advertised on its Facebook page.

The event is being held to mark the one year anniversary of Drummer Rigby (25), who was brutally killed on a London street on 22nd May 2013.

It is not a protest march but is being billed as a memorial walk and a time for EDL members to ‘pay their respects’ to the soldier.

It will start at the Market Tavern at 3pm and is thought to end in Portland Square.

Nottinghamshire Police said that they were aware of the plans but anyone with any further information should contact them.

An Ashfield District Council spokesman said: “Ashfield District Council is looking into reports of an alleged EDL event. We are working closely with the police and will be following their advice and guidance on this matter.”

A memorial to Lee Rigby was created in Portland Square in the aftermath of his murder last year.

People laid flowers and messages of support and Union Jack flags were displayed.

The horrific incident was used by the EDL - an anti-Islamist group - to recruit more members, with the murderers’ Muslim faith being blamed for the attack.

Drummer Rigby was run over and hacked to death by Michael Adebolajo (29), who was given a whole-life prison term, and Michael Adebowale (22), who was jailed for a minimum of 45 years.