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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.

'You'll never walk alone' closes Hillsborough memorial

The 25th anniversary Hillsborough memorial service has come to a close.

The ceremony ended with a rendition of "You'll never walk alone", sung by Gerry Marsden along with the entire stadium.

The song followed a moving ceremony of speeches, readings and songs in memory of the 96 people to lose their lives in the tragedy.

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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 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."

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

Hillsborough memorial service begins, marking 25 years

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

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.

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.

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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