Hillsborough family pay tribute to Peter

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The new inquest into the deaths of 96 Liverpool FC fans at Hillsborough heard a statement last week from the family of a season ticket holder from St Helens.

Former West Park pupil Peter Thompson, a married engineer, had travelled in his company car to the match in Sheffield on April 15, 1989.

Tragically, Peter, who was born at Whiston Hospital, died while his wife, Linda, was expecting their first child.

In a statement, his brother Denis said: “As the eldest child, Peter was expected to be an example to his younger brothers, a role which seemed to come naturally to him. My brother Tony and I both looked up to him. Even now, we think of him as being older and more mature than us.

“Peter was a bright, hard-working lad who was popular and had lots of friends. He started going to watch Liverpool in the early 1970s with his mates from school and took me along with him.

“Peter loved the outdoors. He joined the Venture Scouts as a teenager and, as an adult, he enlisted with the Territorial Army. He was always physically fit: he was keen on squash and martial arts and played five-a-side football whenever he could.

“He worked for British Aerospace in Preston for a year or so after finishing his degree, and then started a varied and successful career in engineering.”

Denis added: “Peter and his wife Linda were looking forward to the birth of their first child when he died. He would, I am sure, have been a wonderful father to Nikki.

“He was deeply loved by his family and friends, and we cherish his memory still.”