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City remembers Hillsborough 96

Liverpool / April 15

The Union flag will fly at half-mast at the Police Commissioner's office today as the region remembers the 96 people who lost their lives at Hillsborough.

The Union flag will fly at half-mast at the Police Commissioner's office today as the region remembers the 96 people who lost their lives at Hillsborough.

The gesture is just one of many marks of respect taking place to commemorate the 25th anniversary since the tragedy.

A one-minute silence will descend across the city at 3.06pm, the exact time at which the fateful FA Cup semi-final match was stopped, in remembrance of those who never returned home. Bells from churches across the city region, including Liverpool Cathedral, Liverpool Parish Church (Our Lady and St Nicholas) and the Town Hall, and as far afield as Holy Trinity Church, Southport, will ring 96 times, to mark each life lost in the disaster.

Public transport in the city has also been encouraged to come to a standstill for one minute. The Mersey Ferry will be mid-river, but will remain static and blow its funnels and barriers at both tunnels will be lowered for the full minute.

The Lime Street media wall will display photographs in a visual tribute to the 96 from 2pm – 5pm and Union flags will be lowered on council buildings, as well as police stations and at Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner’s office.

The Commissioner, Jane Kennedy said: “This is a day for us to unite as a city and remember those 96 men, women and children who 25 years ago went to a football game and never returned home.

“Their families have fought long and hard for justice. Their bravery, conviction and strength has never wavered and today, on the 25th anniversary of the tragedy, they at long last are having their stories heard at the start of this fresh inquest.”

A private service for families of the 96 will be held at Liverpool Town Hall before the official memorial service at Anfield.

There will also be a small service for families at the Hillsborough memorial outside the ground at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club which is being organised by Sheffield City Council.