City to fall silent for Hillsborough victims

Hillsborough Disaster Memorial at Old Haymarket, Liverpool Photo: PA

The city of Liverpool will fall silent to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy,

On Tuesday April 15, the city will observe a one-minute silence at 3.06pm, the exact time at which the match was stopped, in remembrance of the 96 people who lost their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy.

As a further mark of respect bells from churches across the city region, including Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool Parish Church and the Town Hall, and as far afield as Holy Trinity Church, Southport, will ring 96 times, to commemorate each life lost in the disaster.

A big screen on Lime Street in the city centre will display an image of those who lost their lives in a visual tribute to the 96 from 2pm to 5pm and flags on council buildings will be flown at half-mast throughout the day.

In addition, public transport has been encouraged to come to a halt for one minute at 3.06pm, the Mersey Ferry will be mid-river but will remain static and blow its funnels, and barriers at both Mersey Tunnels will be lowered for the full minute.

This year marks a pivotal moment in the history of the Hillsborough tragedy and the families’ long fight for justice.

Not only is it the 25th anniversary of the tragedy but we also have the start of fresh inquests into how the 96 lost their lives.

We will never forget those who died at Hillsborough, and this is a day for us to unite as a city and remember each one and also their families and friends left behind.

I urge everyone in Liverpool, and across the region, to observe the minute’s silence, stand shoulder to shoulder and remember the 96 fans that went to a football match and never returned home. Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones today.

– Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool

Mayor Anderson and Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Gary Millar, will also take part in a private service for families of the 96 at Liverpool Town Hall before attending the official memorial service at Anfield.

During the service a candle will be lit by Young Lord Mayor, James Douglas and a minute’s silence will be held to pay respects.

This will be followed by prayers led by Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool, The Right Reverend Tom Williams and Chaplain to the Lord Mayor, Reverend John Williams MBE RN.

Bells will be rung at the following churches:

  • Liverpool Town Hall
  • Liverpool Municipal Buildings
  • Liverpool Parish Church
  • Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
  • SFX Salisbury Street
  • All Saints, Childwall
  • St Michaels, Huyton
  • St Mary’s, Prescot
  • St Bartholomews, Rainhill
  • St Luke’s, Farnworth
  • St Michaels, Garston
  • Holy Trinity, Southport
  • St Peter’s, Woolton