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David Benson's twin joins mum as she reads Hillsborough pen portrait

David John Benson died at Hillsborough Photo:

Gloria the mother of 22 year old David Benson from Warrington took to the witness stand to read his pen portrait.

She was joined by her husband Brian and David's twin brother Paul, daughter Kirsty and partner Leslie.

The twins were born six weeks early in November 1966.

Mrs Benson told the jury "David started prep school at three and primary school at five.

He did very well at school and was praised at writing interesting essays.

At one parent’s evening he had written about the local farmer showing his dad how to poach a salmon out of the local river!

"If anything went wrong at school or when they were playing out it was always the twins who got the blame."

David and Paul got on well together but they were both very competitive.

David played for his junior school football team and the local village team where he was the leading goalscorer.

When he was 16, he moved into the Runcorn open-age league.

It has since been renamed in his honour.

"David was of course a Liverpool Football Club supporter, something he took from his granddad and myself.

He went to most of the home matches and didn’t usually attend away games because he was so keen on playing himself, he often had to miss the Liverpool games."

He kept budgies and enjoyed fishing.

"From the age of five we would often find him with his fishing rod on the river.

We went to the caravan most weekends and lived there during our school holidays.

"Those years with the boys at the caravan hold the most precious memories for Brian and myself.

"After leaving school David worked as a commercial trainee in a timber company in Widnes.

"He did extremely well and at the age of 21 he was promoted to a company representative.

Perhaps the best thing to come out of his job was to meet his partner Leslie there.

"When he was 21, he and Leslie had a daughter Kirsty.

She was just 2 years of age when her daddy died.

When Kirsty got married, the court heard she danced with her Uncle Paul to Luther Vandross' song “Dance with my father again”.

David's mum said "This was very moving."

"Kirsty is now 27 and has two children of her own. David would have been so proud of his daughter and his grandchildren.

"To this day, David is sorely missed by myself, his dad, his brother Paul, his daughter Kirsty, his partner Leslie and all his family.

"Cod and Finn, his grandchildren, are being brought up to know all about Hillsborough and their grandad David, who was so cruelly taken away before they even got a chance to meet and know him."