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Liverpool Echo: the paper that stood by its city

The Liverpool Echo has believed in and supported the families of those who were involved in the Hillsborough disaster since the very beginning.

Editor of Liverpool Echo Alastair Machray told ITV News that establishment figures underestimated the city: "It's indomitable. No matter what you do to it, it bounces back and says 'Is that all you've got? Hit me again.'"

Mark Austin visits the newspaper that has stood by Liverpool for 27 years:

'You'll never walk alone' sings crowd at Hillsborough vigil

Thousands of people joined together to sing 'You'll never walk alone' at a vigil for Hillsborough victims as they remembered the 96 fans who lost their lives on 15 April 1989.

It came as the city of Liverpool paid tribute to those who died and the families they left behind - families who have fought for 27 years to have the truth about what happened that day come out.


Ex Federation chief Middup refuses to comment on Hillsborough findings

Paul Middup, who was chairman of the South Yorkshire branch of the Police Federation when the Hillsborough disaster occurred, has refused to comment on the inquest's verdict that fans were not to blame.

When ITV News visited him at his home, he said: "I'm not making any statement whatsoever about Hillsborough."

At the time, he was quoted in The Sun as confirming stories published under the headline The Truth, and he was also filmed telling ITV News that the "vast majority" of fans had been drinking and were not listening to police.

When asked directly whether fans were to blame, he said at the time: "The police certainly aren't to blame, because if the fans would do what the police had asked them to do, there wouldn't be any problem, because people would be orderly."


Bells chime 96 times for the 96 Hillsborough victims

Bells at Liverpool Town Hall and the city's Municipal Buildings have chimed 96 times this afternoon as a mark of respect for the 96 people who lost their lives at Hillsborough.

It comes the day after an inquest delivered a finding of "unlawful killing" in relation to the death of football fans at a FA Cup semi-final match on 15 April 1989.

The bells rang out across the city at 3.06pm - the time the original match was stopped.

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