Merseybeat singer Gerry Marsden will be showing his support at this weekend’s Run For The 96, organisers have announced.
Gerry, who recorded a cover of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ with his band Gerry & The Pacemakers in 1963 and achieved a Number 1 hit, will take the stage at the second annual community legacy 5K fun run in Stanley Park.
The run, which will get underway at 9.30am on Sunday (22 May) following a ‘big surprise’, aims to celebrate the lives of the 96 Liverpool fans unlawfully killed in the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy whilst remembering their families and survivors who have been fighting for justice.
Gerry, whose version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein song has since been adopted by Liverpool Football Club fans as an anthem, will join Hillsborough family members including Margaret Aspinall, chairman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, and other special guests in cheering on the run’s 2,000 participants.
Ahead of the event he says:“I am delighted and proud to be supporting Run For The 96 5K in this very poignant year now the truth is out for the whole world to know after a 27-year fight for justice.
“It will be a real honour to stand alongside the runners, Hillsborough families and survivors on Sunday as we celebrate the lives of The 96.”
Liverpool Football Club legend Alan Kennedy, Everton Football Club star Pat Van Den Hauwe, shadow home secretary Andy Burnham MP, Steve Rotheram Liverpool Walton MP, Voice of Anfield stadium announcer George Sephton, and Heartbeat and Brookside favourite Liverpool actor Michael Starke will also be attendance at the event.
Meanwhile fellow special guests on the day will include former Emmerdale actor Kurtis Stacey, boxer Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd, Everton fans’ favourite Speedo Mick, and former Royal Marine Commando and Invictus gold medallist Andy Grant.
Run For The 96 5K is the brainchild of Dom Williams who, together with 14 fellow runners and support crew, will be running 80 miles from Hillsborough to Anfield in the 24 hours immediately before the event.
Participants are also being encouraged to raise cash for the Liverpool FC Foundation and Everton in the Community during the event, which will also feature a family activities, entertainment and refreshments.
Online entries for the fun run are open until close of play on Friday 20 May at www.btrliveprool.com