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04/07/2013 06:07 BST | Updated 02/09/2013 06:12 BST

Funeral For Murdered Lee Rigby To Be Held In Manchester Next Friday

A private military funeral for murdered soldier Lee Rigby is to be held next Friday, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

A guard of honour will keep a vigil over Drummer Rigby's body the night before the private service at the parish church in Bury, Manchester.

Bury has strong links with Drummer Rigby's regiment, the 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, whose roots go back to the Bury-based Lancashire Fusiliers.

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Lee Rigby was killed outside the Woolwich barracks

The funeral will be a private service, broadcast to outsiders via a PA system, an MoD spokesman said.

Drummer Rigby was killed as he returned to Woolwich barracks from the Tower of London on May 22.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, have been charged with his murder in Woolwich and are due to stand trial at the Old Bailey on November 18.

They will appear at the same court for a plea and case management hearing on September 27.