I very recently wrote in my column about the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster and how the jury in a new inquest had retired to consider their verdicts.

On Tuesday of last week the families of the 96 people who lost their lives got what they have been fighting for over two and a half decades.

The truth. Something that should have been so simple to get but because of lies by those in authority it has taken 27 years of agony and battles to get.

The jury answered fourteen questions on Tuesday and concluded in their verdicts that all 96 people were unlawfully killed and that the fans on the day held no responsibility for the events of what happened.

It is a disgrace that it has taken 27 years for the truth to finally be confirmed whilst the families have had to endure lies and cover-ups all these years. The truth is however better late than never and I felt huge relief for the families, the survivors and the whole city of Liverpool when the verdicts came back.

The following day after the verdicts I joined a huge crowd of people at a vigil outside St Georges Hall to remember those who lost their lives as

I have done this previously but this time the cloud of injustice that has been hanging over us for so long has lifted.

I am so pleased that the parents, partners, children, siblings and other relatives and friends of the precious loved ones have now got what they have fought so hard for. It is a disgrace however that they needed to battle so hard for justice. There were many more than 96 victims that day but despite their grief the families never once gave up.  

I also want to pay tribute to the survivors of the day who have been through so much and will forever have the terrible memories of that day etched into their memories and also to the people of Merseyside for their solidarity and support over the years.

The events of that day and the lives that were lost will never be forgotten.

 

 

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