Barrie Grunewald - Hillsborough lies still hurt

Ed Miliband should have thought more carefully before posing with a copy of The Sun, says St Helens Council leader Barrie Grunewald
Ed Miliband should have thought more carefully before posing with a copy of The Sun, says St Helens Council leader Barrie Grunewald
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For many people Hillsborough is still a very painful memory.

Which made it all the more dismaying to see Labour Leader Ed Milliband choosing to pose for a picture with a copy of the Sun recently.

He was photographed with a special edition of the paper that was being distributed free to mark the start of the England football team’s World Cup campaign.

But of course no one on Merseyside needs reminding about the disgraceful slurs the tabloid placed on Liverpool in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy.

I don’t believe Ed Miliband would have wanted to cause upset or distress but clearly by posing with a copy of the Sun, he has done so.

As the inquests continue, this is a deeply distressing time for the families of the Hillsborough victims.

He has now apologised and I think most of us are now satisfied that he has seen the error of his ways.

g I’ve been talking up the town centre a lot lately – so it’s good to be able to confirm that things are definitely happening!

On Monday I helped get work underway on the new retail and leisure development on the town centre section of The Linkway.

It’s that piece of land that used to be occupied by the St Thomas Square flats – but now it’s set to be transformed into a town centre leisure and retail zone.

Supermarket giant Aldi has already committed to the project, with leisure facilities and restaurants to follow as well as parking for up to 230 cars. Just as importantly it could generate up to 280 valuable jobs for the people of St Helens.

There are also plans to link the new area to the rest of the town centre with a new ‘Puffin’ road crossing.

g And, of course, just a quick reminder that this Saturday is Armed Forces Day – when the people of St Helens get the opportunity to pay tribute to members of the armed services in Victoria Square.

Supported by St Helens Council, this year’s event is being organised by members of the local military community.

The event takes place at the Cenotaph in Victoria Square – where people will be given the chance to show their support for - and appreciation of - all those who either serve or have served.

Members of the public attending the event are advised to be in position around Victoria Square for 11.30am and proceedings get underway at 11.50am

g Towards the end of the summer we’ve got a real treat for music fans – with a great day and night of club classics at Sherdley Park on Saturday, September 13.

The Reminisce Club Classics Festival will see two huge big tops installed in the park to accommodate up to 3,000 people.

The first – and biggest - arena will showcase some real legends of the scene, with local and national Djs plus amazing live Pa’s from iconic venues like Cream and the Hacienda.

The second arena caters for all the 051, Sunrise and Wigan Pier sounds with an unbelievable line up of Djs and Pa’s – including a headliner from Italy!

It will be a brilliant event for our residents and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to make it happen.