This has been the hardest episode to record, so far.
Sometimes, I feel like I’ve been reading and learning about disasters for so long that I’ve become desensitised to tragedy, but that’s definitely not the case. I look for primary sources; the words of those who actually experienced the events I’m talking about, and it always brings it home for me.
However, this is the first time that I’ve covered a fatal incident that I actually remember happening. I was ten years old at the time; the same age as the youngest victim. Add to that the fact that I now live in the North; I’ve spent time in Liverpool, I have friends there. It all makes it feel a little closer than usual.
And then, of course, there’s the fact that this disaster was caught on film. I watched the footage from that day to prepare this episode, and afterwards I needed to go and hug my loved ones. It doesn’t matter that I’d seen it before, it’s still heart-breaking to watch, and it always will be.
It’s also heart-breaking to know that, even though it happened nearly 29 years ago, I still can’t tell the whole story, as there are prosecutions outstanding. The families have waited a long time for justice, and until those cases are resolved, we can’t say that it’s over, we can’t say that all the lessons have been learned.
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Sources and Further Reading:
The most comprehensive source for this event is the archive of disclosed material and reports from the Hillsborough Independent Panel.
Liverpool FC remember the 96 on their website: http://www.liverpoolfc.com/hillsborough
The BBC co-produced a documentary, called “Hillsborough”, with ESPN, produced and directed by Daniel Gordon. It was first aired in 2014, and an extended version was shown in 2016 following the inquest and final verdict.
I also referred to the first-hand accounts given in the book “Hillsborough Voices”, by Kevin Sampson.
Wikipedia article on the Hillsborough disaster: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_disaster
The Guardian’s overview: https://www.theguardian.com/football/hillsborough-disaster
The BBC’s overview: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20782891