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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

Hillsborough memorial service begins, marking 25 years

The memorial service marking 25 years since the Hillsborough tragedy has begun.

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The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15 1989. Credit: LFC

The Rev Kelvin Bolton, from the local parish of Christ Church and Holy Trinity, began the service.

He thanked the families and friends of the victims "for the example you have given us of refusing to give up, of giving to us... a picture of living life, sometimes at its worse, but demonstrating that human virtue of dignity."

The names of the 96 people who lost their lives were then read out, interspersed with hymns sung by a choir and the crowd.

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The new sculpture has a light for each of the 96 victims. Credit: LFC

As each name was read out, a corresponding bulb was lit up on a new memorial sculpture in the form of a giant ring.

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Prime Minister tweets tribute to Hillsborough victims

David Cameron has used Twitter to pay tribute to those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, ahead of the 25th anniversary memorial service.

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On the 25th anniversary of Hillsborough, my thoughts are with the families of the 96, the survivors and all those affected by the tragedy.

Hundreds of Hillsborough tributes at memorial

by Ben Chapman

Hundreds of bouquets of flowers, wreaths and scarves have been placed at the Hillsborough memorial in Liverpool on the 25th anniversary of the disaster.

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96 fans lost their lives in a crush during the FA Cup semi final on 15 April 1989. Credit: ITV News

Families and friends of those who died and other supporters have been gathering at the memorial stone that lists the names of the victims.

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The memorial stone lists all 96 victims to die in the tragedy. Credit: ITV News

Fans of other clubs have also hung scarves on the stadium gates as a mark of respect.

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Today's memorial at Anfield is scheduled to start at 2.45pm. Credit: ITV News

The number of tributes is expected to grow significantly over the course of the day.

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Hillsborough families pay tribute to their loved ones

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Today we honour the memory of my wonderful dad and cousin who died at #Hillsborough 25yrs ago.96 dearly missed#JFT96 http://t.co/0zCzNDnJPl

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http://t.co/CDWjX0gxpC dad got on a coach to watch #LFC. 5hrs 39mins later....he was dead. 25yrs but it still feel like yesterday #JFT96

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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."

Gerrard: Man City match 'longest 90 minutes' ever played

Steven Gerrard has admitted Liverpool's 3-2 victory over bitter rivals Manchester City on the day marking the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster was "the longest 90 minutes" of his life.

Steven Gerrard celebrates with his team after their victory over Manchester City at Anfield.
Steven Gerrard celebrates with his team after their victory over Manchester City at Anfield. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Read: Liverpool fans remember Hillsborough at Anfield

"It felt like the clock was going backwards in some parts of that game," Gerrard told Sky Sports 1.

Today's win is a giant step towards Liverpool's first league title since 1990, with the Reds to now face Norwich City.

Liverpool fans remember Hillsborough at Anfield

Liverpool and Manchester City's players gather for a minute's silence before today's game

Liverpool fans held up pieces of card spelling out a giant 96 in Anfield's famous Kop stand, in honour of those who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster.

Liverpool fans in the Kop stand spell out 96 in honour of the victims of the Hillsborough tragedy

The club's players, along with those of visitors Manchester City, also joined in a minute's silence before the game kicked off.

Read: 15:07 match kick-offs in Hillsborough tribute

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