Brookside and Royle Family actress Sue Johnston has been confirmed as Master of Ceremonies on Friday, September 15, when Wirral Council publicly honours the 96 men, women and children who were unlawfully killed at Hillsborough on April 15, 1989.
Sue has long supported the campaign for justice and attended the Hillsborough inquests to show her support.
She will officiate at the public part of the proceedings outside Wallasey Town Hall at 6pm on Friday, September 15, when the gardens on the banks of the Mersey, looking over to Anfield, home of Liverpool FC, are dedicated as a permanent memorial to the 96.
- The public are invited to gather on the promenade on the riverfront in time for a 6pm start for the dedication of the gardens.
- The public are also invited to view the Freedom Scrolls at Birkenhead Town Hall, Hamilton Square, on Tuesday, September 12, from 10am-5.30pm where they will be on public display.
The gardens are intended to be a lasting tribute to those who died, and to the courage, dignity and tenacity of the families and their campaign for justice.
Earlier, an Extraordinary Meeting of Wirral Council will meet to officially grant Freedom of the Borough to the 96, 12 of whom came from Wirral. Among the speakers will be Steve Kelly of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign.
Cllr Phil Davies, Leader, Wirral Council, said: “We are delighted that Sue has agreed to join us on the day. Her work has a special place in the hearts of many Merseyside people, and her support for the Hillsborough families and their campaign for justice is well documented.”
Margaret Aspinall, Chair of The Hillsborough Family Support Group said: “Sue Johnston and I have worked together quite a lot over the years and I am pleased to say we have become close friends, so I am absolutely delighted that she has agreed to join us on this special occasion. Sue is a great friend of all the Hillsborough families and attended the inquests in Warrington on a number of occasions to show her support. I am sure the families will all be pleased to see her.”
An all-Party group, comprising Cllr Phil Davies, Cllr Paul Hayes and Cllr Phil Gilchrist, has been working in partnership with the Mayor’s Office in the run-up to the event.