27 July 2020 16:39
LOUISE Thompson was at the scene when Anthony Walker was brutally murdered by Anthony Barton and Paul Taylor. As BBC feature film Anthony airs TONIGHT (July 27), we take a look at the girlfriend of the 18-year-old who was tragically killed. Who was Anthony Walker's girlfriend Louise Thompson? Louise Thompson was a student and was 17 at the time of Anthony's murder. On July 29, 2005 around 11pm, Louise was walking with Anthony and his cousin Marcus to the bus stop when Michael Barton hurled racist abuse at Anthony.
The trio ignored Michael and his cousin Paul Taylor, but pair hunted them down and attacked them near McGoldrick Park. While Louise and Marcus managed to get out of harm's way, Taylor drove an ice axe into Anthony's head and he unfortunately died from his wound in the early hours of July 30. 3 Anthony Walker died at the age of just 18 What did Louise Thompson say about Anthony's murder? Louise broke down in tears as she told Liverpool Crown Court how she was frightened and fled the scene as a shadowy figure leapt out of the bushes. She told the court: "He was shouting racial words - coon, nigger.
"He told them to 'Walk, nigger, walk'. "Anthony said, 'We're just waiting for the bus then we're going.'" She told the court she was scared and no-one in her group had behaved aggressively towards Anthony and Paul. 3 Feature film 'Anthony' will be broadcast on BBC One Credit: BBC What time is Anthony on TV? Most read in News BALEARIC BUST UP Ministers at war over opening up Spanish Islands or cracking down HARDER FEELING PAWLY Pet CAT tests positive for coronavirus in first animal case in UK SCRUM BACK HOME Chaos at Luton Airport with no social distancing as Brits arrive from Spain FAMILY TIES Charles 'showed Meghan warmth & generosity & needs to do the same for Harry' ON THE NUMBER Weight loss calculator works out how much you need to lose for healthy BMI 'TIPPING POINT' Harry gave Charles 20 mins' notice before 'crushing' his Middle East tour Anthony airs TONIGHT (July 27) on BBC One at 8pm. Multi-BAFTA winner Jimmy McGovern developed a one-off drama about the life and unfulfilled dreams of Anthony Walker. The programme will depict what Anthony's life was and could have been, and was inspired by McGovern's conversations with Anthony's mother Gee Walker, who spoke about her son's "potentials and the many lives he would have impacted". Get the Liverpool Echo newsletter in your inbox first thing every morning Sign me up Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email One of the stars of Anthony explained why filming the wedding scene in the BBC drama was so moving. Anthony is a 90 minute drama that sees the life that Anthony Walker could have lived if he hadn't been murdered in a racist attack in Huyton in July 2005. The story works backwards from him imagined age 25 to the night of his death. It shows the wonderful person he was and the brilliant things he was set to achieve. The film imagines a love story he never got to have, the birth of his first child, a career in civil rights and how he helps those around him. In the film Anthony gets married in Sefton Park Palm House surrounded by his friends and family and actress Rakie Ayola, who plays Anthony's mother Gee, explained why it was so special. Gee has helped to shape the drama with writer Jimmy McGovern and she was on set for the wedding scene. Receive newsletters with the latest news, sport and what's on updates from the Liverpool ECHO by signing up here. Rakie said: "Knowing that Gee was on set as we shot the joyous scenes of Anthony's wedding was intensely humbling. "Knowing she was witnessing a moment in her son's life that should have been, but never was, meant I shed a tear one minute then felt a responsibility to have as much fun as possible the next." Keep up to date with local news in your area by adding your postcode below Rakie praised Gee's strength and resilience and explained how generous she was with the cast. Rakie said: "I was struck by Gee's quiet strength and resilience. She was generous and open-hearted enough to send a prayer to those of us on set every week; blessing the shoot and her now famous capacity for forgiveness is extraordinary. "I'm so glad we got to let our hair down at the wrap party and have a dance together."