Mayor of Derry and lifelong Liverpool fan Martin Reilly has paid tribute to the 96 people who died in the 1989 Hillsborough football disaster by donating his Reds scarf which will go on display at Anfield today.
Today is the 25th anniversary of the Sheffield disaster and the Mayor’s scarf is to be laid out with others on the pitch in the shape of the number ‘96’ for a commemoration service.
Foyle MP Mark Durkan paid tribute to his party colleague’s gesture.
“It is very kind of Martin to donate such a treasured possession which shows his empathy and solidarity with the relatives of the 96 Liverpool supporters who were killed in the Hillsborough disaster.
“The Bloody Sunday families have also developed a very strong bond with the relatives of Liverpool fans killed in the Hillsborough disaster. In a different way, they can empathise exactly with what families suffer whenever they have to struggle against indifference, injustice and insult and whenever survivors have to endure calumny and are asked by the powers that be, in the media and elsewhere, to carry some of the blame of that day.
“This issue touches many people and the families of the 96 Liverpool supporters have all our hearts as they continue in their dignified campaign for truth and justice.”