Local councils joined forces with the police. Racegoers were taken to a central meeting point - the Albert Dock on Liverpool waterfront - and from there moved on to emergency shelters set up in church halls, sports centres and schools across the region.
At Everton Park Sports Centre, 500 were fed chicken and chips by staff who responded to an emergency call from manager Alan Gregory. "We have got 500 people who are going to have to sleep in the sports hall," he said. "They range from children to pensioners; we have worked this out as part of the disaster emergency plan but we never envisaged anything quite like this."Reuse content