Lancaster radiographer who died in Hillsborough disaster remembered at inquest

Coroner Lord Justice Goldring.
Coroner Lord Justice Goldring.

A radiographer from Lancaster who died in the Hillsborough disaster was remembered as an “amazing” person at the inquest into the tragedy today.

Statements from some of the families of the 96 people killed in the 1989 football horror were read to a jury sitting at Warrington.

Christine Anne Jones, who was a senior radiographer at Royal Preston Hospital, was just 27 when she died.

The inquest, headed by coroner Lord Justice Goldring, heard Mrs Jones was a treasurer of the Preston Liverpool FC fans’ group and enjoyed attending games with her husband Steven.

The statement from Steven said Christine, who was born in Lancaster, was a regular churchgoer, a talented musician and a “popular” member of staff at the hospital.

Steven’s statement added: “She was an amazing wife.

“The first time we went to Anfield Liverpool beat Luton 6-0.

“Christine became treasurer of Preston LFC fans’ group and helped organise coaches to matches.

“Christine loved the atmosphere at the games and came with me often and became very involved.

“Being superstitious, I didn’t want us to go the match in 1989 because we did not go in ‘88 and Liverpool won.

“We were very happy in four years we spent as husband and wife and I speak for family and myself when say she is very dearly missed today.”

Britain’s worst sporting disaster unfolded when hundreds of fans were crushed at the FA Cup semi-final between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool.

The original inquest verdicts of accidental death were quashed in 2012 after an inquiry into the disaster.

A new hearing was ordered and it finally got under way this week.

It is expected to last around one year.