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New Year Honours: Hillsborough campaigners appointed CBE

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Image caption Trevor Hicks and Margaret Aspinall, along with many families affected by the disaster, pushed to secure fresh inquests into the deaths of 96 people

Two Hillsborough campaigners have been appointed CBE in the New Year Honours.

Margaret Aspinall and Trevor Hicks campaigned for more than 20 years to secure fresh inquests into the deaths of 96 people in the disaster.

Mr Hicks' daughters Sarah, 19, and Victoria, 15, and Mrs Aspinall's son James, 18, were among those who died at the FA Cup semi-final in April 1989.

Mrs Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, said she would accept it on behalf of the families.

A jury is currently hearing the new inquests in Warrington before coroner Lord Justice Goldring.

Mrs Aspinall said: "It's not just about Trevor Hicks and Margaret Aspinall, it's about everybody involved in this. It's all about the people who stood by us.

"From the beginning, when you are fighting against everything, nearly 26 years ago, you had this stigma against you all the time, fighting against that, I feel we have turned it all around now and the stigma is going away.

"People are seeing now, the real people, what the genuine people are like, and the people who stood by the families and stayed with them all these years, so it's for them as well."

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Media captionTrevor Hicks: "I'm a bloke who's done a job of work to the best of his ability"

Mr Hicks, president of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, said: "On a personal level, obviously I'm very flattered. I know it's a bit cheesy but I'm also a bit humbled as well.

"It's not just for me. As it says in the citation, it's for services to the bereaved families.

"It's been a hard slog. We've been accused many times of being vindictive - and lots worse than that. But we've always tried, as a family support group, to play fair."

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Image caption Ninety-six Liverpool fans were fatally injured at the Liverpool versus Nottingham Forest FA Cup semi-final

Fellow campaigner Anne Williams, who died in April 2013, was honoured with the Helen Rollason Award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Ceremony in 2013.

Ms Williams, 60, fought for a new inquest into her son Kevin's death.

Two investigations are being carried out into the aftermath of the disaster - one led by police and one headed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.


Other Merseyside & Cheshire honours include:

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CBE

  • Councillor Erica Kemp, Lord Mayor of Liverpool (pictured above). For public and political service.
  • Barbara Spicer, former interim boss of the Skills Funding Agency. For services to education, learning and skills.

OBE

  • Dr Lesley Sharon Curtis, head teacher at Everton Nursery School and Family Centre. For services to education.
  • James Christopher Meredith Davies. For services to charity and the community in Merseyside.
  • John Robert Flamson, Director at Liverpool City Challenge. For services to business and the community in Liverpool.
  • Brian Simpson, former Member of the European Parliament for the North West. For parliamentary and political services.
  • Jean Roberta Lady Stoddart. For services to health and charity in Merseyside.

MBE

  • Liverpool taxi driver Bernard Buxton. For charitable services through the Liverpool Taxi Drivers' Children in Care Outing Fund.
  • Foster carer Margaret Hawkes. For services to children and families.
  • Mrs Andrea Dawn Crossfield, chief executive at Tobacco Free Futures. For services to public health and tobacco control in the North West.
  • Graeme James Phillips, artistic director at Unity Theatre. For services to the arts in Liverpool.
  • Dr Alan Boyle, for services to swimming and water polo.

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