Lydiate – Remembering the 96 and the 96 trees planted in memory of the fallen

Lydiate in Flower volunteers have recently been discussing how the part of Lambshear Lane Park where the 96 trees were planted by Lydiate Parish Council in memory of the fallen Liverpool fans at Hillsborough can be tidied up. I recalled the trees being planted and searched my back catalogue of blog postings. I found this from 2014:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/05/17/lydiate-parish-council-to-plant-96-trees-in-memory-of-hillsborough-victims/

I then went back to Dave Russell who as Chairperson of the Parish Council back in 2014 proposed that they be planted. Here’s what Dave had to say:-

‘The trees were planted in 2014 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. The trees were provided as whips, the groundsmen planted them without any occasion, as it was hoped to do something when we were satisfied that they had all taken. My idea was to involve the football teams who play on Sandy Lane, schools and the general community.’

Alas, by 2015 I was no longer on the Parish Council and this did not happen. It would be good to see something done.

We also planted an extension of the trees at Sandy Lane, people came and planted trees in memory of loved ones, it was agreed by the Council to call the area ‘The Jubilee Wood’, it would also be good if this area could be tidied, and perhaps its name erected?’

If anyone out there would like to get involved in any work that the LinF volunteers do with these 2 areas of the parks where the trees were planted please let me know. I’ll pass on the contcat details to LinF.

My thanks to Keith Jones for the lead to this posting

Liverpool FC – Ticket price hikes – John Pugh MP takes a stand

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/liverpool-fc-fans-ticket-price-10857510

John Pugh MP for Southport

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

John’s move is interesting and it will certainly ratchet up the pressure on Liverpool FC to think again about their proposed hike in ticket prices.

I also wonder whether this issue helps to highlight a wider problem in our society whereby those on low incomes are effectively being priced out of the market? In the case of football the high ticket prices are to subsidise the ridiculous wages of the footballers on Liverpool’s books but of course this also applies to all the Premiere League clubs.

Hillsborough and the Sun newspaper – It would be hard to make this up – What on earth did our political leaders think they were doing?

DID THEY THINK AT ALL?

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-27829958

Here is the sad, sad story as carried by the BBC.

Words fail me, they really do

THEY SHOULD ALL HANG THEIR HEADS IN SHAME

Lydiate Parish Council to plant 96 trees in memory of Hillsborough victims

The last meeting of Lydiate Parish Council agreed to plant 96 trees on its Lambshear Lane ‘Village Centre’ site in memory of the 96 people killed as a consequence of the Hillsborough disaster.

Sadly, a Lydiate resident was one of the people to be lost in the disaster and of course there will be other Lydiate residents linked to families who lost loved ones on that terrible day.

Cllr. Dave Russell, Chairman of the Parish Council, proposed the project be taken forward and it got unanimous support from the Parish Council members.