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Liverpool falls silent to mark 25th anniversary of Hillsborough disaster

Liverpool fans hold scarves during a minutes silence Photo: PA

A sombre memorial service was held to mark 25 years since the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool football fans.

Loved ones of those who died in the Hillsborough tragedy were joined at the club's Anfield home by players, club officials and ordinary fans among the 24,000 attending to mark the 25th anniversary.

The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15 1989.

ITV News correspondent Ben Chapman reports from Anfield:

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. A minute's silence was then held at 3.06pm, the exact moment when the tragedy unfolded 25 years ago.

Members of the public during the screening of the Hillsborough 25th Anniversary Memorial Service Credit: PA

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.

Brendan Rodgers commemorated the victims with a reading. The Liverpool manager said to the survivors and families of the victims: "You matter to us every day, and that inspires us to play".

The Hillsborough Inquest resumes next week.

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