Liverpool praised over 96 service

By Carl Jackson Thursday 17 April 2014 Updated: 22/04 14:51

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THE SISTER of the Bromsgrove man who died in the Hillsborough tragedy has praised the ‘impeccable’ efforts of Liverpool Football Club following the 25th anniversary of the disaster.

On Tuesday (April 15) Louise Brookes attended a private service for the families of the 96 victims at Liverpool Town Hall before the official ceremony at Anfield where Liverpool and Everton managers Brendan Rogers and Roberto Martinez stood side by side and addressed the crowd.

Ms Brookes from Sidemoor also laid a wreathe at the Hillsborough memorial outside the Shankly Gates in memory of her brother Andrew Brookes. Attached to it was a card from herself and another on behalf of her late parents.

George Brookes, father to both Louise and Andrew, who sadly passed away last month was also mentioned in the match programme for the premier league contest between Liverpool and Manchester City on Sunday (April 13).

Ms Brookes said: “Liverpool Football Club have always supported us families for 25 years. They have been tremendous. I cannot fault them on anything - they have been just impeccable in the way they have looked after us all.”

The fresh inquests into the 96 victims have been adjourned due to the anniversary and are set to resume next week when families will continue to read out pen portraits describing their lost loved ones to the jury.

Ms Brookes, who read out Andrew’s statement last Wednesday (April 9), added: “There have been a mix of emotions really, it has been upsetting but there have been funny moments in there as well.

“We have gotten to know each other as families over the years and each other’s personalities but we never got to know the loved ones.

“When you are sat there listening you hear a lot of similarities between them (the victims), what they were like, the bands they listened to and their favourite players. It has been really nice, as if they are been brought back to life.”

Visit www.bromsgrovestandard.co.uk to read Andrew Brookes’ pen portrait in full.

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