Liverpool remembers Hillsborough tragedy’s 30th anniversary

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Liverpool will fall silent at 3.06pm (local time) on Monday to mark 30 years since the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough was stopped because of the crush that killed 96 men, women and children.

Banners with images of the 96 fans killed by the crush at an FA Cup game between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest have been hung at St George’s Hall.

The anniversary comes 12 days after a jury at Preston crown court failed to reach a verdict on the prosecution of the match commander, Ch Supt David Duckenfield, who was accused of gross negligence manslaughter.

The Guardian reports Liverpool city council cancelled a planned outdoor commemoration event and announced that 96 lanterns would be laid on the steps of St George’s Hall. A public service will be held at the city’s Anglican cathedral, and bereaved families will have a private service at Liverpool’s home stadium, Anfield. A minute’s silence will be observed at 3.06pm, traffic will stop in the Mersey tunnels, ferries will sound their horns and the town hall bells will toll 96 times.

Liverpool’s mayor said the city would “stand together in solidarity”.

Joe Anderson added: “The 96 have never been forgotten and even though this city is divided by our footballing allegiances, we have been united in supporting the families and Hillsborough survivors for the past 30 years, and will continue to do so.”

At the new inquests into the disaster, held from 2014-16, family members opened the hearings by making personal statements – a loving remembrance of the victims which has since become a central feature of inquests, and of the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire.

Via BBC / The Guardian

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