Organisers of the Grand National have paid tribute to the 96 Hillsborough victims and their families with a floral display.
The Crabbie's Grand National has got underway at Aintree.
More than 150 thousand racegoers are expected at world-famous three-day event in Liverpool.
It's the opening day of the Aintree festival in Sefton. More than a hundred and fifty thousand racegoers are expected to attend over the next three days.
More than 500 million people around the world will tune in for the world's most-famous steeplechase.
Tomorrow is ladies day whilst the main event, the Grand National race will take place on Saturday.
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The government agency behind the compensation scheme for injured veterans, has released a statement in response to our coverage of ex-marine Andy Grant's fight for compensation.
The Service Personnel and Veterans Agency manages the scheme, but made clear it would not comment on individual cases.
The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme pays out a lump sum for those injured, disabled or bereaved by Service on or after 6th April 2005. For those with the most serious injuries and illnesses, AFCS also provides an income stream known as the Guaranteed Income Payment (GIP). This is a tax free, index-linked monthly payment which is paid from the point of discharge for life. AFCS is a tariff system and has 15 levels from 1 (most severe) to 15 (least severe) each level covering a type of injury and body zone. If an individual isn't happy... they do have a right to appeal.
A former marine, who lost his leg after an explosion in Afghanistan, says the British government has fought "harder than the Taliban" against his bid for compensation.
Andy Grant has been told he must face an independent tribunal to claim the type of payout he says he deserves.
Doctors amputated part of his right leg after he was hit by shrapnel from a pair of improvised explosive devices.
But he also suffered a wound to his thigh, and Government advisers have ruled it is not serious enough to grant him more compensation.
Andy Bonner reports.
Former marine Andy Grant is trying to get full compensation, after a Taliban bomb led to his leg being amputated.
He says the British government has fought "harder than the Taliban" to prevent him being paid out.
The size of a wound on his thigh is disputed.
A former marine, who lost his leg after an explosion in Afghanistan, says the British government has fought "harder than the Taliban" against his bid for full compensation.
Andy Grant from Aintree has been told he must face an independent tribunal to claim the type of payout he says he deserves.
Doctors amputated part of his right leg after he was hit by shrapnel from an improvised explosive device.
But the size of a wound in his thigh is being disputed.
The Grand National has won a £1m sponsorship deal. The three-year deal with Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer will see the world's most famous steeplechase run for a £1 million purse for the first time.
The Grand National is watched by an estimated 600 million people worldwide, as well as more than 150,000 people who visit the site over three days of racing in April.