Bishop Keith Hillsborough award prayers

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Bishop Keith has said prayers at the ceremony which gave Freedom of the Borough posthumous awards to the 96 men, women and children who lost their lives at Hillsborough. 

The ceremony took place on Friday 15th September beginning on-board a private Mersey ferry. During the ferry journey over to Seacombe, the Bishop said a few words and invited the Mayor of Wirral and Lord Mayor of Liverpool to cast a wreath onto the water. The families of the victims were then invited to cast their roses. After the ferry arrived at Seacombe the ceremony continued at Wallasey Town Hall where, at the start of the Extraordinary Council Meeting, the Bishop said prayers followed by the bestowing of the awards. 

Bishop Keith said; "It was a fitting tribute for those who lost their lives at Hillsborough and their families. It was an honour to pray for them and reassure all present of God's love through Christ. They will never walk alone."

Margaret Aspinall, chairwoman of The Hillsborough Family Support Group, said: "It is so important that the 96 and the lessons of that terrible day are never forgotten. The freedom of the borough... will provide a lasting reminder for generations to come.”

Twelve of those who died were from Wirral and Ellesmere Port. They were Peter Burkett, Raymond Chapman, Anthony Kelly, James Delaney, Christopher Edwards, Arthur Horrocks, Kevin Traynor, Chris Traynor, James Hennessy, Graham Roberts, Dave Thomas and Thomas "Steve" Fox.