The eyes of the nation will be on Bury today as the funeral of Drummer Lee Rigby takes place in Bury Parish Church. It will be a very difficult day for his family and friends and I am sure the people of Bury will turn out in force to show their support for them. It is a private military funeral and I am very conscious that along with the other civic leaders present we will be representing all those who would have liked to be in the church. I trust the day passes without incident.
I particularly want to thank all those who have been responsible for making the arrangements for the funeral.