Singer covers Liverpool anthem as Hillsborough watchdog probes complaint

By Shelley Marsden

LONDON-Irish singer-songwriter Sean Taylor has released a new single whose proceeds will go to the Hillsborough Justice Campaign.

The Kilburn resident, whose mother came from Ireland to London via Liverpool, was prompted to release the new single, a cover of the Liverpool Football Club anthem, You’ll Never Walk Alone, following positive reactions to his recent live performance of the song on the club’s TV station.

Sean told the Irish World: “During a recent tour of the UK, I performed a version of You’ll Never Walk Alone on LFC TV. The response was so overwhelming that I decided to release the song, with the addition of a B Side of Silent Night recorded in Austin, Texas.”

He added: “All profits from the single will go to the Hillsborough Justice Campaign (HJC), which includes those bereaved by and survivors of the Hillsborough Disaster as well as supporters of the continued fight for justice. I am a lifelong Liverpool FC fan – but everyone should support the HJC.”

The disaster of April 15 1989 at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England, happened during the FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest football clubs.  The crush resulted in the deaths of 96 people and injuries to 766 others, and the incident remains one of the worst stadium-related disaster in British history and one of the world’s worst football disasters.

Meanwhile, the watchdog probing police conduct on that day said recently they could formally investigate a complaint about the Metropolitan Police Commissioner.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, then a South Yorkshire police officer, was on duty at Sheffield Boys’ Club where relatives were waiting to find out news about their loved ones.

The IPCC has said it had received a formal complaint from the family of a victim, and it expects the London mayor’s office to rule it should be investigated.

A list of people thought to be still alive was read out by an unidentified police officer at the Club that night, including the name of 14-year-old Adam Spearritt, who had actually died.

In a statement the IPCC said: “This complaint has been passed onto the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPC) for recording as required by the complaints process.

“However in this instance the IPCC expects the matter to be recorded and referred.”


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