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Voices hush, and bells toll, to remember the 96

Liverpool came to a standstill today to remember the 96 fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster, 25 years ago.

Church bells tolled 96 times and 96 balloons were released into the air.

Families of those who died joined players past and present at Anfield, where the name of each person who died was read out as the crowd sang "Abide With Me".

Andy Bonner reports.

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Hillsborough chair thanks Liverpool FC for support

Margaret Aspinall, Chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group.

The Chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group has thanked Liverpool football club for their support to the families of the 96 victims killed in the tragedy 25 years ago.

Margaret Aspinall, who lost her son James, 18, at Hillsborough, said she was mindful of legal restrictions on what could now be said as a jury was hearing the current inquests.

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Andy Burnham MP: 'you have made your city stronger'

Andy Burnham MP has praised the families and friends of the Hillsborough victims, saying "you have made your city stronger".

Andy Burnham MP
Andy Burnham MP is the Shadow Health Secretary Credit: LFC

Speaking at the 25th anniversary memorial for the tragedy, the Shadow Health Secretary said: "You have taught me more than a lifetime in politics ever could: dignity, courage, humanity. You are truly the best of us."

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Sombre memorial service held to mark Hillsborough

Loved ones of those who died in the Hillsborough tragedy have been joined at Liverpool FC's Anfield home by players, club officials and ordinary fans among the 24,000 attending to mark the 25th anniversary.

Members of the public during the screening of the Hillsborough 25th Anniversary Memorial Service Credit: PA
Young fans during the screening of the Hillsborough 25th Anniversary Memorial Service Credit: PA
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard (top row, third left) stands with his team mates Credit: PA
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Minute's silence held as Hillsborough remembered

A minute's silence was held at 3.06pm, the exact moment the match was abandoned while the Hillsborough tragedy unfolded 25 years ago today.

In the city's main streets and shopping centres, public transport also stopped.

A minute's silence held at Anfield. Credit: LFC

Heads bowed, some fans wiped away silent tears as they remembered the scores of lives lost in Britain's worst sporting disaster. The minute's silence ended with a round of applause, as across the city bells tolled 96 times at churches and civic buildings.

Fans remember Hillsborough tragedy 25 years on. Credit: LFC
96 people were killed in the stadium tragedy. Credit: LFC
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