MORE Wearsiders have shown their support for the family of murdered soldier Lee Rigby.
The 25-year-old was killed in Woolwich, south east London, in a suspected terrorist attack last Wednesday.
Now, as police investigations into his death continue, a red and white cross bearing Drummer Rigby’s name has been left at Shiney Row’s war memorial, just off Chester Road, while flowers have been laid at the cenotaph in Sunderland’s Mowbray Park.
The Echo reported last Saturday that a St George Cross flag had also been left at the war memorial in Hetton town centre.
Dad-of-one Drummer Rigby, who was from Manchester, was in the Second Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and had seen active service in Afghanistan since signing up in 2006.
Army veteran Paul Jasper, who served 23 years in the Light Infantry Royal Green Jackets, said it was heartwarming to see the people of Sunderland taking time to honour the serviceman.
“It’s touching for people to do this and it is hugely deserved,” said Mr Jasper, of Castletown, who is also an organiser of the city’s Armed Forces celebration which this year begins on June 28.
“People show their respect in different ways and for someone to do this is fantastic.
“My way to show thanks is to support the Forces and if we do that we are letting the terrorists know that we will not crumble.”
Coun Anne Lawson, who represents Shiney Row ward, also praised residents, saying: “I think it’s really good that the people of Shiney Row have got respect not just for members of the Armed Forces who are in their immediate community but also in the wider community.
“I don’t know who it is who has placed the tribute there, but I just think it reflects well on the people of Shiney Row. It says an awful lot about them.”
Ten people have now been arrested in connection with Drummer Rigby’s death.
Of those, five have been bailed and two released without charge.
Two suspects, Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22 - both Britons of Nigerian descent who are understood to be converts to Islam - are in custody in hospital in a stable condition after being shot and wounded by police at the scene after the killing.