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Watch: Hillsborough campaigners collect their CBEs from the Queen

Margaret Aspinall and Trevor Hicks have been awarded CBEs for services to the families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died at the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989.

They were separately presented with their honours by the Queen during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Mrs Aspinall and Mr Hicks spoke briefly to the Queen after she pinned their medals. The ceremony concluded with Her Majesty shaking their hands.

Mrs Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, along with Mr Hicks, president of the group, campaigned for decades until the quashing of earlier inquest verdicts and the holding of the ongoing new inquests at a special hearing in Warrington.

"It is quite obvious that she knew about Hillsborough because she did say 'Things are better for you all now, hopefully? Things are looking a little bit different now'.

"I know she cannot say much about it, I just said yes."

– Margaret Aspinall, speaking after the investiture today.

Mrs Aspinall's son James, 18, and Mr Hicks's daughters Sarah, 19, and Victoria, 15, were among the 96 Liverpool fans who were killed in Britain's worst sporting disaster.

Mr Hicks described it as a day of "mixed emotions", saying that "it is the first time I have got something that I would rather not have had, for obvious reasons, but I am extremely proud to be here".

Hillsborough campaigners honoured

Two Hillsborough campaigners will receive honours from the Queen later.

Margaret Aspinall and Trevor Hicks will be awarded CBE's for services to the families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the disaster in 1989.

Trevor Hicks' daughters Sarah and Victoria died at Hillsborough Credit: PA
Margaret's 18 yr old son James died in the tragedy Credit: PA

Mrs Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support group, along with Mr Hicks, president of the group, campaigned for decades until the quashing of earlier inquest verdicts and the holding of the ongoing new inquests at a special hearing in Warrington.

Support for community groups in memory of the 96

Robbie Fowler speaks to young people at a community group in Liverpool. Credit: ITV News

Community groups are benefiting after footballing stars came together in memory of the Hillsborough victims.

A team of Liverpool legends managed by Kenny Dalglish lined up against international stars at Anfield earlier this year.

Money raised from that match was split between the Hillsborough Family Support Group and The Liverpool FC Foundation.

Ashley Derricott has been finding out more about their work:

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Liverpool University postpones Hogan-Howe ceremony

The University of Liverpool has apologised to the Hillsborough families after deciding to postpone a ceremony to award Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe an honorary degree.

Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner. Credit: PA Wire

Hogan-Howe was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission in December over his role at the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 where 96 people died.

The commissioner was due to receive the award in recognition of his time as Chief Constable to Merseyside at a ceremony in December.

Campaigners said they were "appalled" by the university's "insensitivity".

“We are deeply sorry if we have inadvertently caused any distress to the Hillsborough families. All of us feel great sensitivity to the families at this difficult time,” deputy vice-chancellor Patrick Hackett said.

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Postal workers win row over Sun newspaper

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.

Skelmersdale postal workers threaten walkout over Sun Newspaper deliveries

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:-

Hillsborough relative says she's "touched" by the Royal Mail workers' stand

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.

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