Darlington girl's poignant tribute to Drummer Lee Rigby melts hearts on Facebook (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Darlington girl's poignant tribute to Drummer Lee Rigby melts hearts on Facebook
A NORTH-EAST girl has captured the hearts of thousands on social networking sites with her thoughtful tribute to Drummer Lee Rigby.
Nine-year-old Nicole Hanson, from Mowden, in Darlington, was so moved by his tragic killing in May that she wrote to his family to offer her own tribute.
Her carefully coloured-in drawing features a drawing of a drummer in a traditional uniform.
Nicole’s family used to live in Halifax, West Yorkshire, where they lived over the road from Drummer Rigby’s wife’s family.
A verse, penned by the youngster, reads: “Where there is war, may there be peace. Lee is in our hearts. Rest in peace. We miss you. He protected Britain.”
The drawing also features a Union Flag and a posey of poppies.
Nicole’s drawing has received more than 7,500 likes on Facebook pages set up in memory of Drummer Rigby.
She was invited to meet Drummer Rigby’s mother-in-law, who thanked her for the poignant drawing.
Nicole's proud grandmother, Sue Johnson, said: “Nicole did it all herself, she is a very thoughtful little girl.
“Rebecca, Lee’s wife, took some of the tributes she had received to one of the press conferences, and Nicole’s drawing was one of the drawings she took with her.”
Nicole’s mother, Joanne Hanson, added: “Nicole drew the picture on her own and thought of all the words by herself and asked for it to be put in the sympathy card I sent to Rebecca and her family.”
The picture has so far been ‘shared’ nearly 300 times by Facebook users, as well as attracting dozens of admiring and encouraging comments from strangers.
Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale stand accused of Drummer Rigby’s murder and are due to enter pleas at a hearing next month.
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