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Re: 27th Anniversary - Final Service at Anfield
« Reply #200 on: April 15, 2016, 07:18:30 PM »
It's usually as the names are read out that gets me every year, but I was talking to my daughter about it just before it started this afternoon and I was nearly in bits.

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Re: 27th Anniversary - Final Service at Anfield
« Reply #201 on: April 15, 2016, 08:13:49 PM »
Kenny pays tribute to rapturous cheers, when it ends he ascends the steps get to his seat, blows his cheeks out to release his nerves as he's a humble man and receives an acknowledging shake of the hand from Lucas Leiva as he sits.

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Re: 27th Anniversary - Final Service at Anfield
« Reply #202 on: April 15, 2016, 09:07:17 PM »
Was fine today until I heard Phil Scraton speaking. After that I was a wibbling mess. HUGE thanks to Speedy Molby The 92A his missus to Bluelagos and especially to Rhi. There's no where else on earth I would rather have been then here today.
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Re: 27th Anniversary - Final Service at Anfield
« Reply #203 on: April 15, 2016, 10:55:41 PM »
Just watched Granada reports.  First time ever Jim Aspinall has spoken on camera. He was at the match and missed his son by five minutes or would have told him to go to the sides rather than down the tunnel. Whole interview with him and Margaret was gut wrenching and you could see even after 27 years he still felt guilty.

I have lost a child and it is the worst thing in the world and you do tend to feel guilty about it despite the fact that there is nothing on earth that you can or could do. Total respect to all the families for the dignity they have shown over the years.

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Re: 27th Anniversary - Final Service at Anfield
« Reply #204 on: April 15, 2016, 10:57:36 PM »
Just couldn't face it today. Feel last now. Just watched the service  on lfctv but there was no speech by Phil Scraton on the coverage. Any idea why that was omitted?
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Re: 27th Anniversary - Final Service at Anfield
« Reply #205 on: April 15, 2016, 11:01:54 PM »
God bless the 96, we will never ever forget.

Peace be with the families of those lost and with those like myself who feel the guilt of survival every day.

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Re: 27th Anniversary - Final Service at Anfield
« Reply #206 on: April 15, 2016, 11:14:36 PM »
Never forgotten.

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Re: 27th Anniversary - Final Service at Anfield
« Reply #207 on: April 15, 2016, 11:29:42 PM »
I decided last year that I wasn't going today, I dont like what its become, but to the people who take comfort from the service thats fine.

I went this morning early on and paid my respects and laid my flowers, I felt a bit turmoiled this morning with probably a mixture of left over emotion from last night mixed with the pain, memories and sorrow that today always brings.  After I laid my flowers I stepped back and had a quiet smoke, myself, against the wall of the car park and the tears started to come.  The pain is fking awful and the thoughts and memories just go mad.

Half way thru my cig I noticed a women sat next to me in her car parked quietly in the car park, she was chatting to the women sat next to her as normal as any of us.  She was Margaret Aspinall and she looked like a tower of pure power, as strong as anyone i've ever seen. 

I checked my emotions there and just considered for a minute, that women has led (with many others) a fight for justice for 27 years for her own child.  27 YEARS !!

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Re: 27th Anniversary - Final Service at Anfield
« Reply #208 on: April 16, 2016, 12:44:45 AM »
I took part in the first anniversary service, carrying roses out onto the pitch in 1990. Today was the first I'd attended since I moved down south in 1998. Refreshing lack of camera-phone dickheads until Wind Beneath My Wings near the end. Then suddenly they were everywhere you looked.
Great to meet Rhi and the 92a, as well as seeing familiar Rawk friends and comrades. Phil Scraton's address was brilliant - be sure to watch it.
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Re: 27th Anniversary - Final Service at Anfield
« Reply #209 on: April 16, 2016, 12:55:04 AM »
I took part in the first anniversary service, carrying roses out onto the pitch in 1990. Today was the first I'd attended since I moved down south in 1998. Refreshing lack of camera-phone dickheads until Wind Beneath My Wings near the end. Then suddenly they were everywhere you looked.
Great to meet Rhi and the 92a, as well as seeing familiar Rawk friends and comrades. Phil Scraton's address was brilliant - be sure to watch it.
Phil Scraton not on lfctv coverage. Jumps from Lee Roy James to Graeme Sharps reading.
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Re: 27th Anniversary - Final Service at Anfield
« Reply #210 on: April 16, 2016, 01:06:23 AM »
End of An Era

Another anniversary arrives, again more tears to shed.
It’s the saddest day of the year for many a devoted Red.
The flowers are out in numbers, the scarves they multiply.
On the many cards I see, the message reads simply ‘why’?

Now Twenty seven years on and the pain it gets no less.
The songs and hymns are beautiful for every soul to bless.
There are victims too, for whom no candle is lit in their name.
I remember those people too, with total respect the same.

This will be the last service to be held in our Anfield home.
The end of an era is upon us, the saddest era I’ve ever known.
The choir facing The Kop, the last chance to hear them sing.
The final candles have been lit, time for the final bell to ring.

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Re: 27th Anniversary - Final Service at Anfield
« Reply #211 on: April 16, 2016, 01:11:16 AM »
27 Years To The Day

A day so many life’s torn apart, never able to rebuild.
A City left gripped in sadness, all hearts with sorrow filled
This anniversary for many people will mean different things.
For me I’ll cry as ever, as tears this day always brings.

I think of the needless loss of life, on the day and beyond.
A tragedy that formed many a solid friendship and bond.
People that stood by us, through all the lies and deceit.
People who understood justice, until the system we beat

Now all those years have flown by, twenty seven to the day.
So many hopes and dreams, Hillsborough cruelly took away.
And here I am at Anfield, the final service to ever take place.
But it won’t be the final time that tears trickle down my face.
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Re: 27th Anniversary - Final Service at Anfield
« Reply #212 on: April 16, 2016, 12:27:46 PM »
Justice is coming god bless you all.
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You will be home soon with your family
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Re: 27th Anniversary - Final Service at Anfield
« Reply #214 on: April 16, 2016, 02:14:22 PM »
Full service:

http://www.liverpoolfc.com/video/latest-videos#25967
Is that the full, full service with bits that they didn't show live? If so, you're all gonna love Phil Scraton's bit.........very emotional..........
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Re: 27th Anniversary - Final Service at Anfield
« Reply #215 on: April 16, 2016, 02:24:42 PM »
Is that the full, full service with bits that they didn't show live? If so, you're all gonna love Phil Scraton's bit.........very emotional..........

Phil's speech is muted.

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Re: 27th Anniversary - Final Service at Anfield
« Reply #216 on: April 16, 2016, 02:30:58 PM »
Phil's speech is muted.
Pffff. Am gonna ask him if he has a transcript and if so whether it can be published. It didn't breach AGD as far as I recall it.
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Re: 27th Anniversary - Final Service at Anfield
« Reply #217 on: April 16, 2016, 04:26:13 PM »
Here is what I said ... LFC TV has removed it and what is claimed as the 'full service' is not. It was carefully written to ensure it would not breach court rulings. Given that the full Panel's Report is available on-line on the HIP web-site I find it amazing and reprehensible that it has been edited out.

15 April 1989. I met survivors returning from Sheffield. Through tears of despair they recounted horrors that have never left them. Within days a different, malicious story grabbed headlines. They were blamed. In this climate of condemnation we founded the Hillsborough Project.

In 1990 we published Hillsborough and After; in 1995 No Last Rights. Then came the outstanding Hillsborough written by Jimmy McGovern, factually produced by the late, brilliant Katy Jones. In 1999, I wrote Hillsborough: The Truth. Despite this work; despite official inquiries, appeals, private prosecutions, no-one was held accountable, no apologies were offered and the accidental death inquest verdicts suggested to the nation no-one was responsible.

A decade passed. Families’ and survivors’ campaigns never wavered. Following Andy Burnham’s 2009 address in this very spot, the families negotiated the Hillsborough Independent Panel. I was privileged to lead its research. In the wake of our report, I wrote these words for the 96, the bereaved, the survivors, those who have died before their time and those who have carried the torch for your loved ones. It will never be extinguished.

Their Voices Will Be Heard

With early Spring sun came warmth and hope,
Spirits lifted through snow-capped hills
Streets alive with nervous laughter
Another adventure in another place
Vibrant voices breaking solitude’s silence

Approaching Hillsborough calm and joyous,
Walking expectantly to a Wembley Final
Safe passage ended down that fateful tunnel
In pens, like cattle, between concrete and steel
Desperate voices so cruelly silenced

From callous indifference in a gymnasium’s cold
To taking blood from the innocent, the young
Their deaths examined through a distorted lens
Rupturing further families’ broken hearts
Bereaved voices cowed by contempt

Lies tripped easily from forked tongues,
Condemning, vilifying the rescuers, the brave
Relentlessly feeding pens filled with poison
Rewriting ‘The Truth’, spreading deceit
Survival’s voices denied, dismissed

Verdicts and judgments came and went,
Lawyers and politicians minced their words
A City portrayed as wracked by self-pity
Its people’s isolation now complete
Determined voices now walking alone

Shattered by loss but unbroken in spirit
In the face of injustice you never backed down
You forced them to listen, you sacrificed your lives,
You bore witness with dignity on the day of reckoning
And their voices, your voices, have been heard

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Re: 27th Anniversary - Final Service at Anfield
« Reply #218 on: April 16, 2016, 04:42:53 PM »
Thank you Prof. Lovely words indeed.

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Re: 27th Anniversary - Final Service at Anfield
« Reply #219 on: April 16, 2016, 04:46:25 PM »
Many thanks Phil, was astonished that the Club chose to fade the live broadcast of the service after approximately 10 minutes yesterday.

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Re: 27th Anniversary - Final Service at Anfield
« Reply #220 on: April 16, 2016, 06:18:14 PM »
Magnificent Phil.
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« Reply #221 on: April 16, 2016, 06:40:17 PM »
My wife and daughter came yesterday for the first time and that poem is something none of us will ever forget
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Re: 27th Anniversary - Final Service at Anfield
« Reply #222 on: April 16, 2016, 07:05:33 PM »
Phil - that's a beautiful poem - got me bubbling yesterday.

You read it with such raw emotion - such a shame LFCtv decided not to air it.

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« Reply #223 on: April 16, 2016, 08:23:51 PM »
I hate the fact that at times in the past its felt as if the players were more important than the families and the survivors, thankfully I didn't feel that yesterday. Phil's poem struck the right cord and was emotional for him and the audience. I was so pleased to hear Margeret touch on the anger she felt and acknowledge the survivors role. The verdict was in everyone's mind but Trevor was spot on when he said the genies out and no ones going to force it in the bottle. Thanks 24/7 Rhi Speedy and Blue Lagos for your company.
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« Reply #224 on: April 16, 2016, 08:41:19 PM »
Wonderful words Professor Scraton - hopefully we see the reading one day.
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Re: 27th Anniversary - Final Service at Anfield
« Reply #225 on: April 16, 2016, 09:02:40 PM »
Nigh swan Phil - highlight of the service for me. Am astonished it's been edited out, just..... :o
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Re: 27th Anniversary - Final Service at Anfield
« Reply #226 on: April 16, 2016, 09:09:37 PM »
Loads of videos in here. Scroll down.

http://www.liverpoolfc.com/video/latest-videos#25964
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Re: 27th Anniversary - Final Service at Anfield
« Reply #227 on: April 18, 2016, 01:42:53 PM »
Beautiful words Phil.