Sue Johnston to be Master of Ceremonies
as the 96 are remembered in Wirral
BROOKSIDE and Royle Family actress Sue
Johnston has been confirmed as Master of Ceremonies on Friday, 15 September 2017,
when Wirral Council publicly honours the 96 men, women and children who were
unlawfully killed at Hillsborough, on 15 April 1989.
Sue has long supported the campaign for justice and attended the Hillsborough
inquests to show her support.
Sue will officiate at the public part of the proceedings outside Wallasey Town
Hall at 6pm on Friday, September 15, when the gardens on the banks of the
Mersey, looking over to Anfield, home of Liverpool FC, are dedicated as a
permanent memorial to the 96. The public are invited to gather on the promenade on the riverfront in time
for a 6pm, start for the dedication of the gardens. The public are also invited to view the Freedom Scrolls, at Birkenhead Town
Hall, Hamilton Square, on Tuesday, 12 September 2017, from 10am to 5.30pm, where they
will be on public display.
The gardens are intended to be a lasting
tribute to those who died, and to the courage, dignity and tenacity of the
families and their campaign for justice.
Earlier, an Extraordinary Meeting of Wirral Council will meet to officially
grant Freedom of the Borough to the 96, 12 of whom came from Wirral. Among the
speakers will be Steve Kelly of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign.
Cllr Phil Davies, Leader, Wirral Council, said:- "We are delighted that
Sue has agreed to join us on the day. Her work has a special place in the hearts
of many Merseyside people, and her support for the Hillsborough families and
their campaign for justice is well documented."
Margaret Aspinall, Chair of The Hillsborough
Family Support Group said:- "Sue Johnston and I have worked together quite
a lot over the years and I am pleased to say we have become close friends, so I
am absolutely delighted that she has agreed to join us on this special occasion.
Sue is a great friend of all the Hillsborough families and attended the inquests
in Warrington on a number of occasions to show her support. I am sure the
families will all be pleased to see her."
An all Party group, comprising Cllr Phil Davies, Cllr Paul Hayes and Cllr Phil
Gilchrist, has been working in partnership with the Mayor's Office in the run up
to the event.