A courageous mother whose battle to find out how her teenage son died at the Hillsborough tragedy is to be the subject of a new TV drama.
The inspirational efforts of Anne Williams - who lived in Chester prior to her death in 2013 - will be turned into a four part series after ITV commissioned the project.
Ms Williams remained a prominent figure in the campaign for justice up to her death.
The mum-of-three was left devastated by the death of her 15-year-old son, Kevin, who was caught up in the tragedy on the Leppings Lane terraces, our sister publication the Liverpool ECHO reports .
Alongside other families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the disaster, survivors and campaigners she fought bravely to challenge the results of the initial inquests and question the events of April 15, 1989.
Since her death at the age of 62, her daughter Sara has continued her fight.
Award winning programme makers World Productions are set to produce the series detailing her life after being commissioned by ITV.
The project is to be written by author and producer Kevin Sampson, who will base the drama around the book With Hope In Her Heart, written by Anne’s daughter Sara and ECHO journalist Dan Kay.
Sara said: “This is something I have thought very carefully about before deciding to go ahead.
“Mum’s story is such a powerful and inspiring one, and we all remember how important she always felt it was to get the message out there and bang the drum for justice.
“There have been a number of expressions of interest in dramatising the book over the last four years, but the key factor here is the involvement of people who I know personally and who also have a deep understanding of Hillsborough, our story and all the elements around that.
“I am excited, as well as a little bit scared, but I just feel it is the right thing to do and am looking forward to working alongside talented people who I know will give everything to ensure we produce a series that does justice to my mum, our Kev, the 96 and everyone involved.”
Sampson, who was at the 1989 semi-final as a fan, added: “It’s fitting that ITV will tell Anne’s story. From Jimmy McGovern’s original drama to The Cook Report and beyond, the channel has long been a supporter and platform for Hillsborough stories.
“On a personal note, I thought their treatment of the Rhys Jones story, Little Boy Blue, was poignant and sensitive – we couldn’t be in better hands.”
Polly Hill, ITV’s head of drama, said: “This drama is dedicated to Anne Williams and her diligent and tireless 23 year campaign to learn how and when her son died. She was an inspiration and I’m proud that we can depict her story.”
Filming will take place this autumn in Liverpool and Sheffield.
* The book Anne started to write, With Hope In Her Heart, was completed by her daughter Sara and published by the ECHO's sister company Trinity Mirror Sports Media ( read the ECHO's serialisations from the book here ). It is still available on Kindle (£1.99) here