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Mural unveiled for inspirational H’Boro campaigner

Mural unveiled for inspirational H’Boro campaigner

by Tom Martin (August 2021)

A MURAL has been created in memory of inspirational Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams, who lived in Formby.

The stunning piece of artwork can be found on Anfield Road, near Liverpool’s stadium, and will be passed by thousands of fans  on their way to the match.

It was painted by artist Paul Curtis and shows Anne with her fist clenched in celebration of the legal milestone in 2012.

Nine years ago she played a pivotal role in fighting for fresh inquests into the victims' deaths.

Her son Kevin was one of 97 Liverpool fans who died as a result of the crush during an FA Cup match in 1989.

She passed away in 2013 aged 60 after pursuing justice for her son and the other victims of the disaster for more than 20 years.

Paul Curtis said: “A symbol of the city, a hero and an amazing woman. It's been an absolute honour to work on this mural.

“She was a mother of three from  Formby who worked part-time in a newsagents, and levelled several legal attacks at the first Hillsborough inquest, questioning the credibility of its findings.

“Her fight was long but she was unwavering and should always be seen as a shining light of perseverance and standing up for justice against the odds.”

At an inquest in 1991, jurors heard Kevin and 94 others were dead by 3:15pm, a verdict which Mrs Williams never believed and, as a result, she refused to accept his death certificate from the coroner.

She tracked down witnesses, one of whom suggested Kevin uttered the word ‘mum’ at about 4pm.

Her calls for fresh inquests were initially rejected by attorney generals and the European Court of Human Rights.

But following the publication of The Hillsborough Independent Panel's report in 2013, a further appeal by the families of the victims to quash the verdicts was upheld.

A jury at the new inquests in 2016 found the fans had been unlawfully killed after hearing two years of evidence.

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