Remembered: shopkeeper’s window tribute to victims of Hillsborough disaster, 25 years on (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Westbourne shopkeeper Janice Southwell pays tribute to victims of Hillsborough disaster with commemorative window display
A DEDICATED Liverpool supporter has marked the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster with a commemorative display in her shop window. On April 15, 1989, 96 Liverpool fans were killed at Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield during an FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest.
Janice Southwell, who owns A La Card in Westbourne, said she remains haunted by the scenes and wanted to pay tribute in some way to those who lost their lives.
“I vividly recall watching the game on television 25 years ago,” she added.
“I remember the players’ reactions on the pitch. It was just horrendous.”
At the weekend, all games played in the FA Cup, Premier League and Football League were delayed by seven minutes to mark the anniversary. A poignant reminder of the moment the match on that fateful day was called off as it became clear something terrible was happening in the stands.
“It was many years ago now, so it is more important than ever that the memory of those who died is kept alive,” added Janice.
“At this time of year the memories always come back.”
She also recounted the anguish experienced by fans, who had initially been implicated by some as the cause of the tragedy.
After years of public inquiries, on September 12, 2012, the Hillsborough Independent Panel concluded no Liverpool fans were responsible in any way for the disaster. A lack of police control was blamed.
“It wasn’t the fans fault.
“They have been through so much,” added Janice.
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