Tuesday Apr 15Posted by: Guest Writer Comments Off
A song in memory of heroic Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams is to be released ahead of the landmark 25th anniversary of the disaster.
‘The Angel’ was initially performed by 17 year old Liverpool singer-songwriter Dominic Dunn at a charity event held in honour of Anne, who died of cancer last April.
The 62-year-old had battled for two decades to uncover the truth about how her 15-year-old son Kevin and 95 other Liverpool supporters died in Britain’s worst sporting disaster.
Following an overwhelmingly positive response from Anne’s family and friends, 17-year-old Dominic recently recorded the track at Liverpool’s world-famous Parr Street Studios, who very kindly donated the studio time free of charge.
Dominic said “I wanted it to be a song that touched people and knew it would be hard to write in only a few days but I just got my head down and put my mind to it.
“Anne’s son Kevin was a similar age to me so I had that going through my mind. I read up about the fight for justice and all the work that Anne did, and then just wrote was in my heart.
“Anne’s family told me they really liked it so as long as they’re satisfied that’s all that matters to me.
“I’m so proud to have been asked to do it and am just made up to be associated with such an inspirational and respected figure within the city.”
Anne’s family said they were honoured to have Dominic write, play and record the song for them.
Brother Danny Gordon said: “When I first heard the song at the fundraiser I was unable to speak for a while afterwards.”
“It got to us all. It was very moving and a very apt song for how we were feeling at the time, and still do, about our Anne, who we all miss so much.”
Anne’s daughter Sara, added: “The words Dominic wrote really sum up mum’s spirit and the fight she showed in fighting for Kevin, the 96 and the survivors.
“Dominic clearly did his homework and he got it just right. It works beautifully with the music that he wrote and is such a lovely tribute.”
Dominic has made the magnificent gesture of signing over the complete ownership of the song to the ‘Hope for Hillsborough’ charity. Therefore EVERY penny raised will go direct to the charity. Anne Williams set up this charity.
Please support this great cause and help us get ‘The Angel’ to No.1 and raise as much money as possible for the charity. Thank you!
‘The Angel’ will be officially launched on Monday 17th March, but is presently available to pre-order for only 79p on i-Tunes at the following address – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-angel-single/id827731501?ls=1
Follow The Angel on Facebook for the latest updates https://www.facebook.com/theangel.dominicdunn
Wednesday Feb 26Posted by: Peter Higgins Comments Off
Men, women and children,
Flocked together as one,
To watch a game of football;
Soon after they were gone.
Brothers and sisters,
Husbands and wives,
Killed at Hillsborough,
Then out came the knives
The way they were taken
Was so, so very sad.
And the police there to protect them
Turned out to be bad
Their reputation tainted,
The devastating picture,
A newspaper had painted.
Oh so many lies,
Nothing can make up
For the way the 96 died
Now we want justice,
Friends and family together.
We’ll never give up,
We’ll remember forever.
I received the following from Dom Williams, one of the organisers of the Hillsborough to Anfield Run.
Team in front of the Kop
2014 is going to be a massive year in the fight for justice and we hope our run will help highlight how important the upcoming inquests will be to the Families of the 96, the survivors and all Liverpool supporters. It should never have been allowed to carry on for 25yrs but sadly it has and it will be more important than ever to show our support to the Families of the 96 and survivors of the tragedy. Our run is always done in memory of the 96 and whatever we raise, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Liverpool and The Children’s Hospital Charity Sheffield are to be the beneficiaries again this year, is given in the name of the 96. A positive legacy if you like.
As this is the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy we decided it would be poignant to arrive on the pitch at Hillsborough exactly 25yrs on from that dreadful day so our timetable will see us leave from the Memorial at Anfield early on the morning of April 13th and arrive at Hillsborough at some point on the afternoon of April 15th. We will be covering 96 miles which will break down to three 30+ miles running for each of the three days, a real test of endurance and fitness.
It is very important to us all on the team of the Hillsborough-Anfield run that we do the 96 and their Families proud so we hope this year’s run can be the huge success the previous two runs have been.
Hillsborough to Anfield Run 2014
Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/hillsboroughanfieldrun and Twitter https://twitter.com/HillsboroughAnf were you can leave messages of support or if you can please get behind our fundraising efforts for two amazing Children’s Hospitals, In memory of the 96 http://hillsborough-anfieldrun.com/donate/
Saturday Feb 8Posted by: jeroen adriaanse Adriaanse Comments Off
Liverpool won the Premier League title for the last time on 1 May 1990. Liverpool captain Alan Hansen lifted the Trophy after a 1-0 victory against Derby County. Steven Gerrard watched all the home games from The Kop that season. He said to himself that he will be lifting the Premier League Trophy in the future, as a tribute to his nephew Jon-Paul Gilhooley.
More than a year ago, 15 April 1989, the lives of Gilhooley’s and Gerrard’s family were shocked by a tragic accident; The Hillsborough disaster. Thousand fans were heading to the stadium of Sheffield Wednesday, to watch the semi-final of the FA Cup against Nottingham Forest. 96 supporters found the death that day. Jon-Paul Gilhooley also died; he was just 10 years old. Jon-Paul watched the match with his uncle, who managed to get a ticket at the last moment.
The youth academy of Liverpool FC scouted Steven Gerrard a few months later. Steven has the same passions for the club as his nephew so he decided to do everything what it takes to succeed at Anfield. He had the talent, but it was a hard task. His hard work paid of; He managed to get a contract in 1997.
Steven Gerrard made his debut on 29 November 1997 at Anfield against Blackburn Rovers. Gérard Houllier was the manager and decided to bring on Gerrard for Vegard Heggem a few minutes before the full-time whistle. Stevie G was 18 years old and very nervous. Passes didn’t reach his teammates but supporters that were in the stands.
He played even worse when he made his debut as a starter. He played as a right-back against David Ginola of Tottenham Hotspur, who was voted as ‘Player of the Season’ later on. Ginola danced with Gerrard that match and Steven said in an interview: ‘I hope that my parents are not at home tonight to watch ‘Match of the Day’.
Despite his debut our Skipper started to play better and better. He learned how to deal with the pressure and became one of the best English midfielders. On top of that he stayed loyal to his club. Clubs as Real Madrid and even Chelsea FC tried to sign him but the answer was always: ‘NO’. The reason why: ‘I have never said it before, but it’s true: I play for Jon-Paul’. He wrote in his autobiography.
He played 655 matches for Liverpool FC so far, and 108 times for England. He hopes that he can lead his country to a successful World-Cup as a captain. Jon-Paul Gilhooley and the Hillsborough-disaster runs like a common thread through his life. He donated 500.000 pound to a child hospital and he gave 96000 pound to the Hillsborough Families Support Group, a non-profit foundation who wants to reveal the truth, the real truth, about the disaster.
Steven Gerrard’s mission isn’t fully completed. He won the Champions league, the UEFA Cup, the FA Cup (2x) and the League Cup (3x). He still needs to win the Premier League title, so he can retire with a satisfied feeling.
Original article (in Dutch for VI) written by @tomvanhulsen
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