A FATHER whose son died in the Hillsborough disaster remains ‘optimistic’ that the families will one day get justice for the 96 victims.
Syd and Sheila Edwards, from Great Sutton, lost their 29-year-old son Christopher in the disaster in April 1989.
Tomorrow (Thursday) marks the 21st anniversary of what was the worst stadium-related disaster in British history.
James Delaney, 19, and his friend James Hennessy, 29, both from Ellesmere Port, were also among the dead.
Last year a panel was set up chaired by the Bishop of Liverpool to sift through and oversee the release of thousands of previously confidential papers, with the aim of producing a full report detailing their findings.
They will scrutinise government documents and papers from public bodies, including South Yorkshire Police, Sheffield City Council and South Yorkshire’s fire and rescue and ambulance services.
Mr Edwards, 73, said: “I’m optimistic, you have to be. We’ve stood the test of time, we’ve been through the good days and the bad days. You have to stay upbeat.
“I don’t think we’ll hear anything soon. It’s going to take a lot of time, it’s not going to happen overnight.”
He and his wife are attending the annual Hillsborough Memorial Service at Anfield tomorrow.
Mr Edwards added: “We go to Anfield every year. We only missed one and that was when I was ill.
“It’s not just a sombre day, it’s also uplifting. It’s nice to meet friends you’ve got to know over the years.
“There’s always a good crowd. It’s nice that people remember, memories usually fade with the passing of the years.
“We live with it every day. Some days, with the passing of time, it gets easier. But then something will give you a stark reminder of the day. We have to handle it best we can.”