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Hillsborough victims remembered with Freedom of City of Liverpool

Hillsborough victims were remembered at a ceremony at St George's Hall on Thursday as they received the Freedom of the City of Liverpool.

The ceremony was hosted by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Roz Gladden, as well as Mayor Joe Anderson, and attended by the families of the 96 victims of the 1989 tragedy.

Mayor Anderson said: "When we announced we intended to give the 96 and the key Hillsborough campaigners Freedom of the City back in May, we received an overwhelming reaction from people who were proud that Liverpool was acknowledging these individuals in this special way.

"The Hillsborough campaign was a long, heartbreaking journey for all involved. It seemed fitting that after the latest inquests brought the families the truth and justice outcome that they had fought so hard for, we mark this monumental moment by awarding the 96, and those outstanding individuals who have given them their support, with the city's highest honour.

"The 96 paid the ultimate price for the failings and actions of others, and I hope this tribute will show their families and friends that this city will never forget them, and that we thank those individuals who fought for the truth and played a pivotal role in the 27-year campaign."

Cllr Gladden said: "To be Lord Mayor at a time when we are bestowing the city's highest civic honour on the 96 and those who played a key role in the fight for justice is an incredible honour."

Vyom Chaudhary
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