Hillsborough Anniversary

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

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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.

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