30,000 attend commemoration to mark Hillsborough verdicts

More than 30,000 people attended a commemoration event to mark the outcome of the Hillsborough inquests at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall plateau.

Members of the public gathered on Lime Street for a special event on Wednesday 27 April, led by Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson who was joined by family members of the 96 for a mixture of tributes, music, speeches and moments of reflection looking back at the last 27 years.

96 lanterns are on display on the steps of St George’s Hall along with a banner which names those who lost their lives on the 15 April 1989 which displays the words ‘Truth’ and ‘Justice’.

During theceremony, the names and ages of those who died in the tragedy were read out and displayed on large screens at the event. There were also speeches by civic leaders, and BBC Radio Merseyside’s Roger Phillips compered the event.

The proceedings concluded with Sense of Sound choir performing an emotional rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone.

Anyone who would like to leave a tribute, for example flowers or scarves, can do so on the lower steps of St George’s Hall until the end of the week.

Mayor Anderson said: “The commemorative event at St George’s Hall was an opportunity for the city to come together with the families and campaigners and show the world the overwhelming spirit of comradeship and solidarity that exists in this city towards them.

“So many people have been touched by their struggle over nearly three decades. They are an example to everyone who seeks out truth and justice.”