THE pain and heartache suffered by the families of 96 Liverpool fans who died at the worst ever international football accident may be eased today, as official documents about the disaster are finally released.
Six Halton victims were among supporters who died at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffied, on April 15, 1989, at the semi-final FA cup tie between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.
Many were crushed to death in the overcrowded Leppings Lane stand but families claim the truth about what happened has constantly been covered up.
Lifelong Reds fan and Halton MP Derek Twigg witnessed the tragedy and has campaigned for years with Merseyside MPs in their quest for the truth.
Mr Twigg said: “One of the guarantees we got from the Government is that the families will see the documents first.
“I hope this will help them to find the information they want.
“It is a major milestone.
“Justice Taylor made it clear that the reason it happened was a loss of control by the police and the authorities.”
Mr Twigg vividly remembers the terror of the appalling scenes as fans were crushed to death.
He said: “It was terrible watching the disaster unfold in front of our eyes. I was in the north stand but three of my friends were in the Leppings Lane stand.
“You just couldn’t believe those moments could happen.”
Janet Spearritt of Halton Village, Runcorn, lost her 14-year-old, son, Adam in the disaster.
Her husband, Eddie, left fighting for his life, died this year.
Mr Twigg said: “Families I have spoken to are concerned about various issues.
“I understand the hurt they still feel. They felt terribly treated by the inquest system. They want an apology and justice.”