THE honour of Freedom of the City will be awarded posthumously to the 96 who lost their lives at Hillsborough and to key campaigners on Thursday 22 September. Taking place at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall, the families of the 96 will be invited to a special ceremony, hosted by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Roz Gladden, together with Mayor Joe Anderson. During the service they will receive a specially designed scroll and a unique medal with the name of their loved one inscribed on it. Joining them in receiving the highest civic honour will be key figures involved in the 27 year Hillsborough campaign for truth and justice. They are:
- Kenny and Marina Dalglish – Kenny was Liverpool FC’s manager at the time of the tragedy and, together with his wife Marina, represented the football club at many of the funerals of those who died and have had close contact with the Hillsborough families ever since. In addition, the couple set up the Marina Dalglish Appeal in 2005 after Marina’s successful treatment for breast cancer, and have so far raised millions of pounds for treatment of the disease in the city.
- Professor Phil Scraton – alongstanding campaigner for human rights who has worked alongside the Hillsborough families since 1989. He was a member of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, led the Panel’s research and was advisor to the families’ legal teams throughout the inquests. His book, Hillsborough: The Truth, is widely accepted as the definitive account of the disaster.