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Brother pledges to continue Anne Williams’ campaign

Anne Williams’s brother has said he will continue her campaigning as he paid tribute to her today.

Danny Gordon, speaking at the Hillsbrough campaigner’s funeral, said his sister “touched many hearts throughout the world”.

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, speaking at the funeral of Anne Williams

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Crowds pay respect to Hillsborough campaigner

The funeral of Anne Williams, whose 15-year-old son died during the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, is taking place in Merseyside a week after she lost her battle with cancer.

The coffin is brought in Our Lady Of Compassion Church, Formby, Merseyside. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers, the club's managing director Ian Ayre, former footballer Michael Ball and MP Andy Burnham have all attended the ceremony.

Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rogers and the club's Managing Director Ian Ayre. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Crowds line the streets as the cortege arrives. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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.

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.

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Funeral for Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams

Crowds are expected to line the streets in Merseyside to pay their respects to the Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams whose funeral takes place today.

Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams whose 15 year old son Kevin was killed in the Hillsborough disaster Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A service will take place at Our Lady's church in Formby, Merseyside, to remember her life, followed by a committal at Southport crematorium.

Liverpool council is planning a further commemoration today for Mrs Williams, who died of cancer on Thursday April 18 aged 62.

Hillsborough campaigner: Hopefully inquest will be quashed

Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams, whose son Kevin died in the disaster, has welcomed the announcement from the Attorney General's office: