When the ex-service associations and people of Coventry came together to lay flowers in memory of Drummer Lee Rigby who was murdered in Woolwich a week ago, an Air Cadet percussionist played his own touching tribute to Lee, one drummer to another.
A colourful forest of ex-service association standards set the scene for the short service at the foot of the Coventry War Memorial. Poems were read in memory of fusilier Lee Rigby before the lone Cadet percussionist Sgt Justin Allan of 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron, played his tribute to a fellow drummer. A lone bugler sounded the Last Post and Reveille, a Gurkha piper played a lament as the flowers were laid and the ceremony ended as the silence of the Coventry War Memorial Park was broken once again by the sound of Justin's drum.
Kevin Bowman, Chairman of the Central branch of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers who organised the event said, “This flower laying ceremony has been an opportunity for former fusiliers, standard bearers and members of the public to pay their respects to fusilier Lee Rigby. The Air Cadet drummer did a brilliant job, just what we wanted. What a wonderful tribute, one drummer to another”.
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