Hillsborough Anniversary

This year marks the 24th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, where 96 football fans died.

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Hillsborough families remembered 24 years on

Hillsborough Memorial at Anfield Stadium Credit: PA

A memorial service will be held at Anfield today on the 24th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

A minute's silence will be held at 3.06 pm, the exact time the game was stopped to remember the 96 fans who lost their lives.

Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers and his players will join the families, survivors and thousands of supporters at the annual service.

Public thanked for support

A seven-foot bronze monument was unveiled in the centre carrying the names of the 96 people who died at Hillsborough.

The bronze sculpture, created by local artist Tom Murphy, was dedicated to the victims at a public ceremony, watched by hundreds of people, on Old Haymarket.

Alongside the names of the victims, it features the words "Hillsborough Disaster - we will remember them".

Sheila Coleman, chair of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, campaigned for a memorial in the heart of the city, alongside the 'eternal flame' memorial at Liverpool FC's home in Anfield.

She thanked the public effort to raise funds for the monument, urging the support to continue.

David Charters composed a poem inscribed on the monument.

"In life, few words carry more sorrow than, 'they died before they were old.' The sense of loss is always raw.

"What's lost is not the past, but the future."

– David Charters


Hundreds gather for Hillsborough ceremony

A memorial ceremony has been held on the eve of the 24th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said the event was extra special as it was the first since the families won justice in their campaign to clear blame for the disaster from the dead.

Hundreds gathered at Liverpool town hall where a permanent memorial was established by an antique clock with the time frozen at 3.06pm - the exact time that the game between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest was stopped as officials realised fans were being crushed on the terraces in Sheffield.

"Twenty-four years, the passage of time has still not dulled the pain and suffering for those of you gathered here today."

– Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson

The Mayor said the 96 were "robbed of their dignity by the people in authority" who indulged in "lies and deceit" rather than admit their mistakes.

But the families who fought the official version of events "exemplified" the fighting spirit of the city of Liverpool, to never give up.

Hillsborough memorials to be unveiled today

A memorial monument and a clock will be unveiled in special ceremonies in Liverpool on Sunday to mark the 24th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy.

The seven-foot bronze structure features the names of the 96 Liverpool supporters who died.

The 24th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy. Credit: Press Association

Mayor Joe Anderson will lead a private ceremony for the Hillsborough families at the Town Hall for the dedication of the clock.

The hands will be frozen at 3.06pm, the time that the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on 15 April 1989 was stopped.

The commemorations will then proceed to Old Haymarket, where the memorial monument will be officially dedicated at a public ceremony at 2pm.

Hillsborough artwork marks 24th anniversary

The Museum of Liverpool will be marking this year's Hillsborough anniversary with a display of art commemorating the tragedy.

Spray for Justice artwork by Gecko Credit: Museum of Liverpool

Works by artists Alan Wynne and Leigh graffiti artist Gecko will displayed in the museum as a tribute and memorial to the 96 football fans who lost their lives at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forrest on 15 April 1989.

United for Justice by Alan Wynne Credit: Museum of Liverpool
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