Freedom of City award for Hillsborough disaster victims

The 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster have been posthumously awarded the Freedom of the City at a ceremony in Liverpool.

Families of the victims received a specially designed scroll and a unique medal with the name of their loved one inscribed on it.

Professor Phil Scraton, whose research prompted fresh inquests into the Hillsborough disaster which ruled that the victims were unlawfully killed, was also given the Freedom of the City.

Former Liverpool player and boss Kenny Dalglish, alongside his wife Marina, were also handed the city's highest civic honour.

Kenny Dalglish's Freedom of the City scroll Credit: PA

As well as their support to the Hillsborough families since the tragedy, Dalglish and his wife helped raise millions of pounds for cancer treatment in the city through the Marina Dalglish Appeal after she successfully battled the disease.

The ceremony took place at St George's Hall in Liverpool city centre on Thursday.

The families of the 96 were awarded the Freedom of the City in 2009.

96 people were killed in the Hillsborough disaster Credit: PA
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