It was 25 years ago today that 96 Liverpool FC football fans lost their lives at Hillsborough Stadium. Today a memorial service has been held at Anfield, home of Liverpool FC.
It is notable that the 25h anniversary of the tragic crush during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest happens as a new inquest gets underway, investigating how the 96 died.
Labour politician Andy Burnham said today at the memorial: “Five years ago things changed, not because of me, because of you. Things changed because you were here in your thousands. Things changed because you made your voices heard. I knew you were right and they were wrong.”
Burnham, addressed Liverpool fans in 2009 as the Labour minister for culture, media and sport was drowned out by cries from the crowd of “Justice for the 96”. He went on to work for the release of papers in to the tragedy. As a result the original inquest was quashed and the new one, which began two weeks ago, was ordered.
“You helped me find the political courage to do something. Just as I did five years ago, I have asked people what I should say. My mum says to wish you all the best for the league and to say how fitting it would be for you to win it this year in all these years….”, said Burnham today.
This is a memorial for all those who lost their lives at Hillsborough and many others who died in British Football Stadiums. Using only words from the Taylor Report this short film was produced for the National Football Museum in Manchester.