Widow of Ramsbottom victim tells Hillsborough inquest of her grief

Barry Glover

Barry Glover

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE widow of a Ramsbottom man who died in the Hillsborough disaster 25 years ago has told the inquest about her ‘thoughtful’ husband.

Stephanie Sweeney told the jury at the fresh inquest into the events at Hillsborough on April 15, 1989, that she and Barry Glover, 27, a greengrocer, had been married for almost three years.

She said she had ‘some amazing memories’ from their time together, which ‘were all I had left’.

“Barry was a very thoughtful, kind and caring husband, son, brother-in-law, son-in-law and friend who worked hard and always had time for others,” Ms Sweeney said.

Barry, of Garnett Street, Ramsbottom, was one of 96 people killed in the crush at the stadium in Sheffield.

He had attended the Liverpool versus Nottingham Forest FA Cup semi-final with his father George and friends Jeffrey Collinge, Peter Rodgers and Ian Tyson.

He also worked with dad George at the greengrocers in Bolton Street West.
The original inquests in 1991 recorded verdicts of accidental death, but the High Court quashed these in 2012 after the Hillsborough Independent Panel was critical of the way South Yorkshire police handled the event.

So far the inquest has heard from the families of 27 victims.

Lord Justice Goldring, the coroner who is overseeing the year-long hearing in Warrington, said the events at Hillsborough, which also led to 400 being injured as the result of a severe crush, were ‘seared into the memories’ of everyone affected by them.

Hillsborough survivor Christopher Whittle, from Burnley, is also preparing to give evidence during the new inquests. The inquest has been adjourned until today.

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