THE FAMILY of a Ramsbottom man who died in the Hillsborough stadium disaster are seeking justice at new inquests due to start at the end of the month.
Barry Glover was one of 96 Liverpool supporters who died as a result of the tragedy on April 15, 1989, after a crush during an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest at the Sheffield Wednesday stadium.
Bury-based solicitors’ firm Butcher and Barlow LLP, which is representing the family at the inquests, said this was the biggest case they had ever taken on.
Mr Glover, a greengrocer who worked at his father’s family business in Bolton Road West, Ramsbottom, was 27 when he died.
He travelled to the match with his father, George, and a group of friends, and stood in the Leppings Lane End where the crush occurred.
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.
Pete Weatherby QC is heading a team of five barristers who have been instructed on behalf of 22 families, including Mr Glover’s.
Anthony Higham, the managing partner and head of litigation at Butcher and Barlow, said: “The team is working flat out to ensure we achieve our client’s goal, which is to get to the bottom of exactly what happened on the April 15, 1989.
“We owe it to Barry and his family to do whatever we possibly can to help reach a just and fair conclusion to what has been a painful and traumatic 25 years for the families involved.”
“We are having to assess an enormous volume of evidence on a continuing basis and attention to detail is crucial.
“There is still a lot of work to be done, not only before March 31, but also throughout the inquest itself, which could last until at least the end of the year.”
Hillsborough survivor Christopher Whittle, from Burnley, is also preparing to give evidence during the new inquests, which will take place in Warrington from March 31.