Rose’s march for peace after soldier killing

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A march for peace is being organised through Belper town centre following the death of off-duty soldier Lee Rigby.

The Belper Strong, which has been arranged to condemn the killing outside barracks in Woolwich last month, will see a procession pass through the town on Sunday, June 23.

Organisers are also planning a five-minute silence in memory of Drummer Rigby whose death has sparked outrage around the country.

The procession is part of the national “Woolwich Strong” which aims to show the country is united, regardless of religion, ethnicity and background after the death.

Around 60 similar events are being organised across the country. The movement is not affiliated to any political groups.

Organiser Rose Simmons a 47-year-old grandmother has asked police for permission to stage the march.

She said: “We want people of all backgrounds and religions to come together to say we have had enough.

“We stand for peace and we want as many people as possible - whether you are Catholic, Christian, Muslim, Jewish or any other religion to stand strong and stand proud 

“We can’t change the past, but we can change the future.”

Mrs Simmons was inspired to organise the march after the events in Woolwich and says it is the first time she has staged a public event of this type.

She continued: “Hopefully, everybody will be wearing the Woolwich Strong T-shirt. All money raised from the sales of these T-shirts are going to five different very important and special military charities that will help our soldiers in different ways.”

If police give the go-ahead, the march will depart from the River Gardens at 12 noon marching up to the town’s Memorial Gardens.

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