Chairman's Tribute To HFSG
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright paid tribute to the Hillsborough Family Support Group as he announced them as the latest recipients of the People's Club Award.
The prize, which recognises groups or individuals who have embodied the Nil Satis spirit, was restored especially for the event to honour the organisation.
HFSG's campaigning helped force the landmark decision last year to reopen the inquests into the deaths of all 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives at the FA Cup semi-final 24 years ago.
"We brought this award back this year for quite obvious reasons," said Mr Kenwright. "Something happened in this city in the autumn of last year. We at Everton Football Club saluted the tremendous bravery of the families of the Hillsborough disaster. They have had the greatest achievement in football on Merseyside this year."
Margaret Aspinall, chairperson of HFSG, was at St George's Hall to collect the prize.
She said: "It was a really big surprise. We never dreamed we were going to get this award from the Club. I think it's absolutely fantastic, and on behalf of HFSG I'd like to say the utmost thanks."
Chants of 'Merseyside' echoed across the venue as the winner was revealed and Aspinall added: "I think it's been absolutely tremendous the support we've had from Everton over the years. The families have always said how great they have been."
The People's Club Award was sponsored by Underground Vision UK.