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You’ll never walk alone. April 15, 2009

Posted by phoenixaeon in Football, Hillsborough.

Just watching the memorial service for the 96 people killed at Hillsborough in 1989. About 10 minutes ago (it’s 3:20 pm, so it was 14 minutes ago at 3:06pm)  a two minute silence was observed. It was as moving as the one minute silence before the Liverpool-Blackburn match on Saturday.

I’ll not forget being in town with my Mum, brother and sister on the first anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. As it approached the minute silence, Lord Street filled. We were stood outside the HMV store, and despite all the jostling, you couldn’t move. Then a message over the tannoy: Please observe one minute silence in rememberance for those who lost their lives at Hillsborough. The whole of town went silent, apart from some idiot kids, who just had to shout.

The silence at Rock the Kop, the Hillsborough Justice Concert, in 1997 was also very touching, but singing You’ll Never Walk Alone was something special. I cried as I sang with the crowd, and the person next to me handed me the corner of her Liverpool scarf. We held that scarf high and sung as loud as we could. The concert was good (it still makes me smile thinking of when Space were on stage. The weather had been on and off raining all afternoon, and the sky overcast. As they got to the chorus of Dark Clouds – ‘Dark clouds drift away to reveal the sunshine’ – the clouds parted and the sun shone. The crowd roared and applauded!), but YNWA is what made the concert.

Justice for the 96. You’ll never walk alone.



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2. skippybird - April 16, 2009

Princi’s don’t count because they’re too young to know any better 🙂

Have you tried duct tape 😉

3. skippybird - April 16, 2009

Amen, it was eerie yesterday. St Francis of Assisi behind my house chimed 96 bell tolls just before the silence and then there was nothing. No car sounds, no buses, no planes, no trains, no people moving, no noise for the duration of the silence.

phoenixaeon - April 16, 2009

I’d say it was quiet here, but I’d be lying. I’ve got a motormouth Princi who can’t be quiet and she was bugging Nanny at the time, and there were a bunch of kids laughing and screaming out front. Still, I was quiet.

4. picasso36 - April 15, 2009

I went to the first proper match after which was the derby played at Goodison Park.All the Everton fans had red scarves and banners with YNWA.The minutes silence was amazing,you could hear the songbirds tweeting on the opposite stand-it was that silent.Saying it was emotional is something of an understatement.YNWA.

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