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Postal workers in Skelmersday have won their battle over the delivery of The Sun newspaper. It's organised a promotion with Royal Mail to mark the start of the World Cup.
50 staff refused to take part, a number say they were at Hillsborough - and haven't forgiven the paper for how it covered the disaster.
Postal workers are threatening to walk out, if they're made to deliver the Sun.
The newspaper has organised a promotion with Royal Mail, delivering free copies, to mark the start of the World Cup. But 50 staff in Skelmersdale are refusing to take part.
A number of those staff say they were at Hillsborough - and have never forgiven the paper for the way it covered the disaster.
Thousands of people are now backing them with a petition.
Elaine Willcox reports:-
Julie Fallon, whose 23-year-old brother Andrew Sefton died at Hillsborough says she's touched by the stand taken by Royal Mail workers in Skelmersdale, where she and Andrew are from.
She said it was naive of Royal Mail not to think the strength of feeling extended outside of Liverpool where people are still touched by the tragedy.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper told Granada Reports: "The only people who come out of this with honour, are the postal workers themselves."
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has given her backing to Skelmersdale postal workers over their refusal to deliver The Sun’s World Cup promotional edition to homes in the town.
Mrs Cooper said she has contacted both the Chief Executive of the Royal Mail and the newspaper's Editor over the issue.
A number of postal workers in Skelmersdale in Lancashire have threatened to walk out if they are forced to deliver free copies of The Sun later this week.
The Sun, which has planned a nationwide drop of its free World Cup-themed promotion, has agreed not to send out copies in Liverpool, where there is still widespread anger over the way it reported the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.
However, the tabloid newspaper is still set to go out in some areas of Merseyside, because they do not have Merseyside postcodes.
The Royal Mail said any concerns would be handled "with fairness and dignity".
The Sun published a full page apology in 2004.