Tribute call for Hillsborough justice campaigner

Anne Williams
Image caption Anne Williams died days after appearing at a Hillsborough memorial service

Supporters of Hillsborough justice campaigner Anne Williams are asking people to line the streets to pay their respects on the day of her funeral.

Mrs Williams, whose 15-year-old son Kevin died in the 1989 football tragedy, was diagnosed with cancer in October and died last week aged 60.

There will be a service at Our Lady's Church in Formby followed by a cremation in Southport on Monday.

Local residents are being asked to line the streets of the funeral cortege.

Hillsborough survivor and friend of Mrs Williams, Peter Carney, has called for people to pay a special tribute to her on the day.

He said: "I just hope people turn up and show their respects.

Minute's applause

"I still feel a bit numb Anne's not going to be here with the inquests starting.

"That's what Anne lived to see and she's not able to do that now and that's particularly sad."

Football fans paid tribute to Mrs Williams by holding a minute's applause before game between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday.

Kevin was one of 96 Liverpool fans who died as a result of a crush during an FA Cup match at Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield on 15 April 1989.

At an inquest in 1991, jurors heard that Kevin and 94 others were dead by 15:15, a verdict which Mrs Williams never believed.

As a result, she refused to accept his death certificate from the coroner and tracked down witnesses who said he was still conscious at 16:00.

Mrs Williams called for a fresh inquest into his death for years, with her pleas rejected by attorney generals and the European Court of Human Rights.

However last year, following the publication of The Hillsborough Independent Panel's report into the disaster, a further appeal by the families of the victims to quash the verdicts was upheld.

Mrs Williams made her last public appearance at the annual Hillsborough memorial service at Liverpool's Anfield stadium on 15 April and died days later.

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