Harrogate Orange parade will fly Lee Rigby banner

Harrogate War Memorial.
Harrogate War Memorial.

Saturday’s Orange parade through central Harrogate will pay tribute to murdered soldier Lee Rigby.

Up to 300 people are expected to join the town centre march, which will feature a banner of the soldier who died near Woolwich barracks in south east London in May.

A wreath will be laid in his memory at Harrogate’s war memorial.

District Master for Tyneside and North Yorkshire Dale Parkyn said the soldier’s mother Lyn Rigby had been contacted.

Mr Parkyn said: “We asked if we could parade with a banner of her son that we have had made.

“Lyn said she would be delighted for this to happen.

“We are going to stop at the Cenotaph to lay wreaths to remember Lee and all the other service personnel that never came home from any conflict.”

The march follows last year’s event, which passed without incident.

Mr Parkyn said: “I don’t go out to deliberately offend people, but it is our democratic right to hold a parade.”

A similar high-visibility police presence to last year’s parade is expected.

The parade will leave High Harrogate Working Men’s Club at 2pm and travel through the town centre.