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Hillsborough mum: 'Can't have peace until you get truth'

The mother of one of the 96 Liverpool fans who died at Hillsborough said she will be praying for "all the fans and survivors" of the tragedy and hopes the truth behind the disaster is discovered.

Margaret Aspinall lost her 18-year-old son James in the crush at Liverpool's fateful FA Cup match against Sheffield Wednesday on April 15 1989.

"All them fans and survivors who have gone through so much alongside us, I'll be praying for them as well. That in the end, they'll all have peace. That's all we have ever wanted, is just peace. You can't have peace until you get truth."

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Everton and Liverpool unite for Hillsborough anniversary

Everton and Liverpool unite for Hillsborough anniversary Credit: PA

Everton Football Club will open the doors of Goodison Park to screen the memorial service marking the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster in which 96 people lost their lives.

Chairman Bill Kenwright will be in attendance, along with the first-team squad, to watch the proceedings live from Anfield. Roberto Martinez will be among those speaking.

Mr Kenwright said: "Our city is home to almost half a million people known around the world for their compassion, humour and love of the great game.

We are brought together by two much admired, world famous football clubs who have stood shoulder to shoulder since the unimaginable tragedy, at Hillsborough, some 25 years ago.

Everton will continue to provide support whenever we can to the remarkable Hillsborough Familiy Support Group. We are proud of them, and for them.

We also know that the compassion and fraternity that transcends our City would have been there, unswerving and unconditional, if the balls had simply come out of the bag differently, prior to that fateful day".

After the screening Everton will hold a short memorial of their own after which a group of local school children will lead a procession from Goodison Park to Anfield, holding 96 linked football scarves to represent the unity of Everton and Liverpool since the disaster in 1989.

Liverpool to fall silent in honour of Hillsborough victims

Liverpool will come to a standstill later in remembrance of the Hillsborough 96.

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

"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.

"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."

– Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson

The Mayor is urging the entire city to unite and observe a one-minute silence at 3.06pm, the exact time at which the game match was stopped and also observe the following:

  • City to come to a standstill for one minute's silence at 3.06pm
  • Public transport including Mersey Tunnels and Ferry to observe silence
  • Bells at churches across the city region to ring 96 times in remembrance
  • Flags on civic buildings to fly at half-mast

"The Hillsborough tragedy touched the whole city and today is an opportunity for us to pay our respects.

"The strength, courage and dignity shown by the bereaved families and survivors over the past 25 years is an inspiration to us all.

"I also call on the entire country to join the City of Liverpool as we remember those affected by Hillsborough."

– Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Gary Millar

A private service will also be held for families of the 96 at Liverpool Town Hall before attending the official memorial service at Anfield.

There will also be a small service for families the ground at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club.

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Remembering Hillsborough 25 years on

The victims of the disaster will be remembered across the country Credit: ITV News

This weekend's professional English football matches will be delayed by 7 minutes to mark 25 years since Hillsborough.

As a mark of the respect for the 96 Liverpool fans who died, all four divisions, and Football Conference matches will have their games moved back to start at 3:07pm.

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