Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Video: Crowds mourn Hillsborough stalwart

Crowds line the streets to bid farewell to Anne Williams
Floral tributes to Anne Williams outside Our Lady Of Compassion Church in Formby
Anne Williams died on April 18 after a battle with cancer

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 Thursday 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.

Mrs Williams spent almost half her life campaigning after her 15-year-old son Kevin died in the Hillsborough tragedy.

It was her fight to get his inquest verdict of accidental death overturned that is credited with leading to fresh hearings for all 96 supporters who died.

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