Liverpool City Council honors 97 as they commemorate their Freedom of the City – Liverpool FC

Liverpool City Council paid tribute to Hillsborough’s 97 victims and commemorated their honorary freedom from the city with a square in the city’s town hall.

The Freedom of the City was awarded posthumously to the victims of the Hillsborough tragedy in September 2016, after the families received the honor in 2009.

Andrew Devine suffered life-changing injuries at Hillsborough and died last July. An inquest concluded he was unlawfully killed, making him the 97th victim of the tragedy.

Devine was awarded the Freedom of Liverpool in December and his name has since joined the other 96 victims on memorials at Anfield, the training ground and across the city.

And now the council has engraved the names of the 97 victims of the Hillsborough disaster on brass plaques and installed them in Liverpool Town Hall to commemorate their freedom as a city.

James Shields, the building’s events supervisor, said of the tribute: “I’m just proud to be part of the project, it’s part of the city. It will never go away. I might go somewhere else, but I won’t. He is always there.

From next season, Liverpool shirts will be updated to include a tribute to the 97, with previous kits honoring the 96 who lost their lives in the aftermath of Hillsborough.

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