13/05/2016

Bishop James honoured with Freedom of the City

Our former Bishop will receive the honour alongside Professor Phil Scraton, Kenny Dalglish and the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster

The Rt Revd James Jones, former Bishop of Liverpool is to be granted the city of Liverpool's greatest honour. The Bishop will receive the Freedom of the City alongside Professor Phil Scraton and former manager of Liverpool Kenny Dalglish.

The city are also giving the Freedom of the City posthumously to the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

Bishop Paul Bayes, the Bishop of Liverpool welcomed today's announcement saying "This is a richly deserved accolade which aptly reflects the gratitude of the city and church for all Bishop James has done in uncovering the truth. Bishop James was firm in the pursuit of truth so that justice may be found but above all to help in enabling the families to try and find peace. For him to be honoured alongside Kenny, Phil but above all the 96 victims reminds us all of the church's call ro be a voice for voiceless and to find ways to bring healing to the hurt. We will conitnue to do that as we continue to remember that at the heart of this story is 96 innocent people who tragically lost their lives.

Bishop James said “To have served the City of Liverpool and especially the families of the 96 has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. I accept the honour humbly very aware that without the extraordinary dedication of the whole Panel and the Secretariat led by Ken Sutton truth and justice might never have come to the 96.”

I am humbled to stand in his shoes and delighted that his contribution to the pursuit of truth has been recognised

This is a richly deserved accolade which aptly reflects the gratitude of the city and church for all Bishop James has done in uncovering the truth.