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The Hillsborough Tapestry
A closer look at the beautifully woven work of art in town…

Liverpool FC,, bill shankly

Hillsborough remained in the headlines throughout 2011, not least because of the online petition that triggered calls for the full release of documents for debate, and lately more lame remarks by insufferable former tabloid editors. Meanwhile another hugely successful Don’t Buy The Sun concert was largely ignored by the mainstream media, surprise surprise, as the Justice Campaign and Hillsborough Family Support Group continue to maintain powerful presences in the city and elsewhere.

While many people are inevitably drawn towards the eternal flame by the Shankly Gates at Anfield, there’s another poignant memorial in the heart of the city centre. As you enter Millennium House, currently housing part of Liverpool City Council at the Haymarket end of Victoria Street, your attention is caught by the vivid colours on the wall to the left in the foyer.

The following words appear on a nearby plaque: ‘The Hillsborough Memorial Tapestry was commissioned by the residing Lord Mayor (Councillor Dorothy Gavin) in 1990 in memory of the Hillsborough disaster that took place on 15 April 1989. The work was designed by Mrs Sheila Shepherd and made by Miss Alice and Miss Cecily Taggart at the Metropolitan Cathedral Art Studio and is a symbol of suffering and hope.

‘The deep blue colours depict the River Mersey, while the dark colours above portray the grief and sorrow for those who died. The gold and cream indicate the souls rising to heaven and there is a cross for every person that lost their life. The Shankly Gates represent the love of Liverpool Football Club. The tapestry is on public display as a tribute to the 96 people that died and all those who suffered as a result of the tragedy’.

Liverpool FC,, bill shankly



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