It was announced yesterday that, despite a 12,000-strong campaign, Greenwich Council and the British Army had together conspired to block the creation of a memorial to Lee Rigby in Woolwich, the site of the young fusilier’s barbaric, Islam-motivated murder.
However, in response to Liberty GB’s open letter to London Mayor Boris Johnson two months ago, we have received positive news. In an email this morning from the Mayor’s Office, it was confirmed that “the Mayor is supportive of the proposal to establish a permanent memorial in Woolwich and has raised the issue with the Member of Parliament for the area, Nick Raynsford”.
We salute the Mayor’s decision to back a proper memorial to Fusilier Rigby, and urge all readers to follow his advice and write to Nick Raynsford MP ( firstname.lastname@example.org), and to the Royal Borough of Greenwich (http://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/info/200026/council_departments/1348/contact_royal_borough_of_greenwich).
Below is the full text of the email.
RE: Will the Mayor of London Authorise a Permanent Memorial to Lee Rigby?
Dear Dr Whale
Thank you for writing to the Mayor of London proposing a permanent memorial for Fusilier Lee Rigby in Woolwich. I have been asked to reply and pass on apologies for our delay in responding.
The Mayor’s thoughts are with Fusilier Lee Rigby’s family and the people of Woolwich who witnessed the crime. He recognises the important role played by the armed forces and considers the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby was barbaric, heinous and completely unjustifiable. Fusilier Lee Rigby was a dedicated and professional young man whose life was taken in the most casual, brazen and horrific fashion, in broad daylight on the streets of London. This is a city that prides itself on tolerance, diversity and openness, values that stand in marked contrast to the actions of Fusilier Lee Rigby’s killers. Fusilier Lee Rigby’s courage, and that of those members of the public who sought to protect him, as well as the extraordinary bravery of the police officers involved are what we should remember today.
The Mayor understands the reasoning behind your request, but it would be the Royal Borough of Greenwich which would be responsible for making a decision on whether to erect a permanent memorial in Woolwich. Therefore, you may want to write to the Royal Borough of Greenwich directly. Contact details for the borough are available athttp://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/info/200026/council_departments/1348/contact_royal_borough_of_greenwich.
However, although it is outside of his remit, the Mayor is supportive of the proposal to establish a permanent memorial in Woolwich and has raised the issue with the Member of Parliament for the area, Nick Raynsford. You may also want to write to him at email@example.com.
It might also be of interest to you to know that Rochdale Council, the local authority for Private Rigby’s home town of Middleton, has already announced plans for a permanent memorial in that area.
Public Liaison Officer
Greater London Authority