Monument plans for Hillsborough

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New Hillsborough monument by sculptor Tom Murphy. Photo: Debi McMillan

New Hillsborough monument by sculptor Tom Murphy. Photo: Debi McMillan

The Hillsborough Justice Campaign has applied to Liverpool City Council to erect the new Hillsborough memorial by St John’s Gardens.

The monument has been created by Liverpool sculptor Tom Murphy, and is a huge circular structure made of clay and bronze. The monument is eight-foot wide and seven-foot tall.

HJC, Liverpool City Council, Liverpool FC, and the Liverpool FC Scandinavian Supporters club have donated to finance the project, which will cost more than £150,000.

In July, Mayor Joe Anderson told the Liverpool Echo: “We will find somewhere prominent in the city for the monument. I’m open to suggestions from the public as to where that might be. It seems right to me it should be sited in the St George’s Hall quarter.”

In the application, released by the planning and building control department, it says the location will be Old Haymarket, St John’s Lane – which will mean that it will be placed in St John’s Gardens behind St George’s Hall.

The monument is likely to be unveiled later this year.

Other notable works by sculptor Tom Murphy includes the Bill Shankly statue outside Anfield, Dixie Dean outside Goodison Park, Bessie Braddock and Ken Dodd at Lime Street station, John and Cecil Moores in Church Street and John Lennon at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

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