Hillsborough Disaster Remembered
15 April 2015, 06:00
Exactly 26 years on from the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans in the Hillsborough Disaster tributes will be paid at Anfield and across Liverpool.
The families of those who died will be at Liverpool's ground along with survivors and thousands of supporters for the annual memorial service. The names of the 96 who died in the crush at Sheffield Wednesday's ground on 15th April 1989 will be read out and at 3.06pm, the time the FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest was stopped, there will be a minute's silence.
Margaret Aspinall from the Hillsborough Family Support Group whose son James died in the disaster has told Heart "We've had a long stressful year but this is what makes it more important that we do remember in the correct way and the correct manner"
The silence will also be observed across Liverpool. As a mark of respect, flags on civic buildings will be flown at half-mast and bells across the city, including at the Town Hall and Municipal Building, will be rung 96 times.
The Lime Street media wall will display an image of those who lost their lives in tribute to the 96.
In addition, public transport is being encouraged to pause, the Mersey Ferry will sound its horn and the barriers will be lowered at the Mersey tunnels for a minute.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: "We will never forget those who died at Hillsborough, and this is a day for us to unite as a city and remember each one and also their families and friends left behind.
"I urge everyone in Liverpool, and across the region, to observe the minute's silence, as a mark of respect for the 96 who lost their lives."