Hillsborough inquests resume with powerful and emotional pen portraits of Wirral brothers

Kevin and Christopher Traynor.

Kevin and Christopher Traynor.

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THE sister of Wirral brothers Kevin and Christopher Traynor who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster was overcome with emotion as she told a court they had been involved in a crush at the stadium just one year before.

More families of the 96 Liverpool Football Club fans involved in the tragedy are being given the chance to speak about their loved ones as the new inquests into their deaths resumed today

Kevin was aged just 16 when he and his older brother, 26-year-old Kevin, had their lives cut short by the tragedy of April 15, 1989, along with their friend Dave Thomas.

Today sister Theresa Arrowsmith gave a "pen portrait" to jurors at the hearings in Warrington, saying they had attended the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham in 1988 - and when they heard the following year's game was to be held there, Kevin said "Oh no, not that stadium again."

Ms Arrowsmith told the court that Christopher -who she described as being "full of life" and always saw the fun side of things - had reassured his younger brother that they would be okay but sadly, neither of them returned home.

Christopher earned his living as a joiner at Cammell Laird, working on ships including HMS Liverpool.

He left school in 1979 having attended St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, St Werburgh's and St Hughes Boys School - something Ms Arrowsmith said he chose to do despite passing his 11 plus exams.

Christopher had a love of music and always sang 'Downtown' by Petula Clarke and Beatles records despite not knowing all of the words.

Christopher married his wife Elizabeth - who was also in the witness box today along with two of the Traynor brothers - in 1987.

The Hillsborough tragedy cut short their dreams of having a family, but Chris will be remembered for his courage which saw him save the life of a man in the terraces of the stadium.

Kevin Traynor was described by his sister as a "brave boy" who despite being the youngest of five siblings, was a born leader.

In 1988 he was stabbed above the eye when he tried to stop an elderly neighbour from being burgled.

He ran after the burglar in bare feet over broken glass. He was left with a scar above his eye.

Kevin loved sport and would write every transfer Liverpool made in his diary.

"His sense of adventure never left him," said Ms Arrowsmith.

"He was hard working and had lots of driving ambition. Even from a young school age he took a local paper round.

"Growing up he always wanted a yellow Lamborghini - he would have turned 17 in May 1989."

Ms Arrowsmith told the court she had been shopping for patio furniture when she heard about the horrific events unfolding at Hillsborough.

Two of the four chairs were left in the store as Ms Arrowsmith and her brother rushed out of the store.

"I still have that same patio set with those two chairs missing.

"When I look at them it reminds me that there will always be two missing two chairs in the Traynor family for the family members that never came back."

Ms Arrowsmith wept as she told the court Christopher and Kevin's nephews and nieces will only know their uncles from the photos on the sideboard.

She added: “Their names will live on in history, albeit for the wrong reasons."

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