Anne Williams funeral

The funeral of Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams takes place today. Anne was last seen in public at this month's anniversary service - she passed away a week before a hearing to decide when fresh inquests will take place.

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Anne Williams: A mother's fight for justice

Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams defied doctors by attending her last public appearance at the Hillsborough memorial service on the Monday before she died.

Her son Kevin died at Hillsborough, aged 15.

Read: Exclusive: Tribute to Anne from the officer who tried to save Kevin

Anne Williams in 2009, wearing a t-shirt showing the names of the 96 fans killed at Hillsborough Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive

Since then, Mrs Williams was known as one of the loudest voices throughout the campaigners' efforts for justice.

She was an early chairman of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign and later independently established Hope For Hillsborough (For Justice) in an effort to secure a fresh inquest into her son's death.

The funeral of Anne Williams will take place in Merseyside, later today.

Watch: A mother's fight for justice: Anne's story


Reds boss amongst mourners

Brendan Rodgers arriving at the service in Formby.
Brendan Rodgers arriving at the service in Formby. Credit: ITV

Liverpool manger Brendan Rogers, MPs Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham and Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson were amongst those who attended the funeral of Anne Williams in Formby earlier today.

Mayor Joe Anderson arrives ahead of the service
Mayor Joe Anderson arrives ahead of the service Credit: ITV
Andy Burnham MP and Steve Rotheram MP enter the church
Andy Burnham MP and Steve Rotheram MP enter the church Credit: ITV

Brother pays tribute at funeral

During the service, Anne Williams's brother Danny Gordon, who has pledged to continue his sister's campaigning, said she had touched the lives of countless people around the world.

It's difficult to find anything to say about Anne that hasn't been said in hundreds of tributes to her.

"Anne has taken many knocks and setbacks throughout her life and always found the strength to get through them without becoming bitter.

"Anne touched many hearts throughout the world and has been an inspiration to many."

"She'll always be loved and deeply missed by us all.

"We'll never walk alone. She'll always be with us."

– Danny Gordon, brother of Anne Williams


Crowds mourn Hillsborough campaigner

Crowds have lined the streets of a Merseyside town to bid farewell to Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams.

Mrs Williams, one of the loudest voices throughout the campaign for justice following the 1989 football stadium disaster, is being remembered at a service in Formby.

She died aged 62 on April 18 after a battle with cancer.

Scores of people, many wearing Liverpool scarves, gathered in bright sunshine outside Our Lady of Compassion Church.

A hush fell over the street as the hearse bearing Mrs Williams' coffin pulled up.

It also contained a wreath of white flowers embellished with red roses that spelled out "Mum".

Bystanders watched as the coffin was carried into the church, followed by hundreds of mourners.

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