Preston Hillsborough victim ‘very dearly missed’

Coroner Lord Justice Goldring
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THE widower of a Preston radiographer killed in the Hillsborough disaster has described his late wife as an ‘amazing’ person.

Statements from some of the families of the 96 people killed in the tragedy were read to an inquest, headed by coroner Lord Justice Goldring, in Warrington today.

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

The inquest 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 and a talented musician, who was 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 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.”

The process of presenting the so-called pen portraits is due to take until the end of the month.

Britain’s worst sporting disaster unfolded when hundreds of fans were crushed at the FA Cup semi-final between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool in 1989.