Perhaps the most glaring omission in news coverage of yesterday’s Hillsborough verdict – at least, on the reports seen in this household – was the fact that she wasn’t mentioned.
Mrs Mike was highly vocal about it. She was scandalised at the thought that the late campaigner had been ignored.
We are glad to see that the people hadn’t forgotten her – even if the news media had.
Supporters of the 96 people killed in the Hillsborough stadium disaster have paid tribute to the campaigning work of mother of a victim who never lived to hear “the truth” after she died of cancer two years ago.
Anne Williams, whose 15-year-old-son Kevin died in the tragedy, was one of the most vocal forces in the fight to overturn the first inquest verdict.
Williams, who died in 2013, kept fighting despite her poor health and attended a hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice when the original inquest verdicts were quashed.
Despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer, she beat medical expectations and attended a Hillsborough memorial service at Anfield three days before her death.
She is credited with tireless campaigning that prompted the fresh hearings over the 1989 football stadium tragedy.
Lawyers acting for the families said the conclusions, reached at the end of the longest jury case in British legal history, had completely vindicated their tireless 27-year battle.
Supporters on Twitter heralded Williams as a “warrior” and said “the truth” of how her child died had been revealed.
One fan hoped she was “up there having a bevvie” after the verdict of unlawful killing was delivered.
Williams was nicknamed the ‘true Iron Lady’ in a reference to Margaret Thatcher, the Prime Minister at the time.
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