TODAY we remember the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster – three of whom came from Ellesmere Port.
For the families of those who died on that tragic afternoon, as well as the hundreds who were injured or affected by the devastating scenes on the Leppings Lane terraces, it is something they’ve had to live with every day for the past 20 years.
Syd and Sheila Edwards, from Great Sutton, lost their 29-year-old son Christopher Edwards in the tragedy, and although time has eased their pain he is forever in their thoughts.
Mrs Edwards, 73, had travelled to Sheffield after the news broke, and it was there where she discovered that Christopher was among the dead.
She said: “I think about him when I wake up and last thing before I go to sleep, and have done for 20 years.
“I miss him as much now as I did then. It’s hard but time makes it easier to live with.
“We had lots of support from friends and the club as well as the community who were brilliant. The pubs and clubs in Little Sutton and Ellesmere Port gave us great support.”
Mr Edwards, 72, said: “It was a lot to take in. We were in turmoil. You usually get justice after 20 years in this country. I would like to think the real truth would come out to appease the doubters.
“It’s such a shame that this had to happen to get rid of fencing. The only good thing it did do was it brought about safety changes. That has been a plus.”
The couple will be at Anfield today for the annual remembrance service.
Health permitting, Margaret Hennessy, 76, will also be in attendance.
She lost her son James in the tragedy. He had travelled to the game on the same coach as James Delaney, and had previously been to Rome and Heysel to follow his beloved reds.
Jim, as he was known, had attended Liverpool’s 1988 FA Cup semi-final which was also held at Hillsborough against the same opposition.
However, on that day Liverpool fans, who had a much bigger following, had been allocated the larger Kop stand rather than the Leppings Lane terrace.
Mrs Hennessy was shown CCTV pictures of her son who was stood at the front of the terraces looking back into the packed crowd.
She said: “Time is a healer but then if you think about it or talk about it, all of a sudden it comes back. There will always be an empty place in my heart.
“Jim had been there the year before and not had any problems. He had no qualms about going. But this time they swapped it round.
“The police were guilty on the day of mismanagement. It was a shambles. Jim was in early and was down at the front.”
She added: “I received great support from the old Sutton Way pub afterwards, the lads there were gems. Jim was the captain of the pool team, he was well-known and well-liked.”