Ceremony in Northamptonshire sees Eddie Stobart truck named after murdered soldier Lee Rigby

The new 'Lee Rigby' Eddie Stobart truck. Pictures by Lucy Emma Sames Photography NNL-150324-115520001
The new 'Lee Rigby' Eddie Stobart truck. Pictures by Lucy Emma Sames Photography NNL-150324-115520001

Logistics firm Eddie Stobart, which has a large base in Crick, has named a lorry after a man for only the second time, calling one of its vehicles ‘Lee Rigby’.

The 15-ton HGV was officially named by Lee’s dad Phil McClure, who is a trucker with the firm.

Lucy Emma Sames Photography NNL-150324-115532001

Lucy Emma Sames Photography NNL-150324-115532001

He said Fusilier Rigby, aged 25, had applied to be a driver there when he eventually left the army, before he was killed by Islamic extremists in London in 2013.

Mr McClure, Lee’s wife, Rebecca, four-year-old son Jack, and representatives from Help for Heroes took part in a ceremony at the firm’s museum in Crick, last week, where the vehicle can be seen. The only other Eddie Stobart truck to be named after a man is ‘Valentino’ after motorbike racing legend Valentino Rossi.

Another was named after Optimus Prime, a fictional character in the cartoon series and films ’Transformers’. However, although it is always voiced by a man, the character is a robot so presumably gender-less.

William Stobart, the chief executive, said: “We are proud to honour Lee’s memory.”

Pictures by Lucy Emma Sames Photography NNL-150324-115509001

Pictures by Lucy Emma Sames Photography NNL-150324-115509001