A boy of nine helps a nation honour his daddy

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Frances Lawrence (above, right) the widow of the murdered headmaster, Philip Lawrence, with her children, (from left), Maroushka, Myfanwy, Unity and Lucien, at a ceremony yesterday at which a memorial to her husband was unveiled by her youngest child, Lucien, nine, at the spot where he was killed. Politicians and religious leaders urged the nation to follow Mr Lawrence's example.

Helped by the Duchess of Kent, Lucien stepped on to a small dais in front of the marble plaque. As his family and a crowd of more than 200 people looked on, he said: "I shall now unveil the memorial to my daddy."

He then pulled back the curtain covering the plaque on a wall outside the gates of St George's School in Maida Vale, north-west London, where Mr Lawrence was stabbed as he helped a pupil being attacked by a gang. There was tight security around the school because of the presence of a VIPs including the Home Secretary, Michael Howard, and following a failed attempt by bogus social workers to abduct Lucien from his home last week.

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