Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson attends memorial events t

Gecko's artwork to commemorate the 24th anniversary of Hillsborough



Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson attended three memorial events at the weekend to commemorate the 24th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy.


The MP joined families from Sefton and throughout the region who lost loved ones at the football match on April 15, 1989.

There were three special events at the weekend to mark the anniversary of the tragedy.

The first was an exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool by artist Gecko, whose friend Carl Brown died at Hillsborough aged 18.

This was followed by the presentation of a memorial clock to Liverpool City Council and the unveiling of a new sculpture outside St George's Hall.

Bill said he was honoured to represent Sefton Central at the three moving events.

Bill said: "Each of the weekend's three events were tremendously moving.  It is fitting that Liverpool and the region as a whole remembers the 96 who lost their lives 24 years ago and commemorates the hard fought battle of the families and campaigners who have given so much of their lives in the fight for initially the truth and now justice.

"The artwork by Gecko, includes a piece which is called 'Thank You' and depicts the work done by Bishop James Jones and the Independent Panel, and it recognises the support given to the families by Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham.

"He has also painted 'From The Heart' which is 96 canvasses to depict each of the victims and includes the Liver Bird in each canvass. The canvasses are included together so they look like tiles on a larger piece of artwork.

"The exhibition is a very respectful tribute to the 96 who died and especially to their families. The celebration of the exhibition was attended by many family members and I know from speaking to family members from across Sefton how touched they all are at the memorials and the exhibition which was opened this week."

Bill said the commemorative clock and the new memorial are permanent reminders of the events in 1989 and the campaign for truth and justice that followed.

Bill said: "Both the clock and the sculpture outside St George's Hall are fitting tributes. There is a simple statement on a plaque next to the clock which says it all: 'This clock is stopped at 3.06pm in memory of the 96 fans who went to a football match and never came home. Hillsborough, 15 April 1989.'

"On the sculpture are the words, 'We will remember them.'

"The clock and the sculpture ensure that the 96 and their families are given permanent reminders in the heart of the city. 

"The 24th anniversary is an important reminder of what happened that day. The truth has now been officially recognised with the report of the independent panel and with the double apology from the Prime Minister. 

"It is now vitally important that the campaign continues to have the support for the people of Merseyside and beyond so that new inquests can be held and so that the IPCC can do its job too. 

"The families have campaigned long and hard to reach this point. I know that all those who have been involved in the campaign will continue to support them to make sure that justice is finally done.”