Funeral for Hillsborough
justice campaigner Anne Williams
THE funeral for
Hillsborough justice campaigner, Anne Williams, took place in
Formby, Merseyside, on 29 April 2013. Hundreds of people, many
wearing Liverpool and Everton scarves, gathered outside the
village church, 'Our Lady of Compassion Church' to
bid farewell to her. During the service many stayed outside and
listened to the service that was relayed via a PA to those
Anne Williams was born on 6 February 1951 and died on 18 April
2013. For much of her life she had tirelessly fought to clear
the names of those who had died at Hillsborough, including her
15 year old son, Kevin Daniel Williams. After losing her battle
with bowel cancer at the age of 62, she will now go down in
history as an inspiration to those who have to fight injustice.
The service started with the
opening hymn, Abide with Me followed by an opening prayer given
by Fr Higham. Then a Poem was read out by Stevie Hart, with an
address given by both Danny Gordon and Fr Higham. During this
point a loud round of applause, in honour of her 24 years of
campaigning, by those inside the church could be heard clearly
outside. Then the service had another hymn, 'The Lord's My
Shepherd', followed by a blessing. The service ended
with the hymn, 'May The Choirs of Angels' and a final
Prayer. As the coffin departed, the song 'Time to say
Goodbye' by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli was
At the end of the service, as the cortege made its way to
Southport, from the Church, a spontaneous round of applause
broke out as the coffin passed by. It was a fantastic tribute to
a lady who held her ground and won a major victory for justice.
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