Liverpool remembers 96 Hillsborough victims 25 years on

The city of Liverpool came to a standstill today as it remembered the 96 lives lost in the Hillsborough disaster 25 years ago.

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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.

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