Yesterday marked the 26th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster which saw 96 people lose their lives at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. Victims’ families, supporters, and past and present players attended a memorial service for those who lost their lives at Liverpool’s Anfield stadium and 96 tolls rang out during a minute’s silence at 15:06 – the moment the match was halted on 15th April 1989. The club’s anthem, You’ll Never Walk Alone, was also sang in memory of the 96 fans who died whilst flags on civic buildings in the city flew at half-mast.
Margaret Aspinall and Trevor Hicks, who both lost children at the disaster, were recently given CBEs by the Queen for their efforts to secure fresh inquests into the deaths of the 96 Liverpool fans. New inquests into the deaths, which began in March 2014, will resume on the 20th April and will continue until 2016. As a security company ourselves, it’s a shocking reminder of what can happen if the correct security measures, and adequate event security, isn’t put in place.
Controlled Event Solutions (CES) was founded in 1989 in direct response to the Governments call for improvements in safety at football grounds, in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster, and the ensuing Taylor Report. As a security company it is our task, in partnership with the police, to ensure that a disaster as horrific as Hillsborough never occurs again. That’s why we’re dedicated to not only delivering the best event security we can, but also to training new stewards to the best of our ability.
If you’d like to learn more about our event security roles, our training opportunities or anything else regarding us as a security company as a whole, then please don’t hesitate to contact us. We also offer open evenings every Tuesday for people wanting to join our team.