Hillsborough anniversary remembered

A minute’s silence will be held throughout Liverpool to commemorate the 26th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy.

The silence will be observed on Wednesday 15 April at 3.06pm, the exact time at which the fateful match was stopped, in remembrance of the 96 people who lost their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy.

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 a visual tribute to the 96.

In addition, public transport has been encouraged to come to a halt for one minute at 3.06pm, 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.”

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Erica Kemp, said: “Hillsborough was a tragedy which must never be forgotten and it is appropriate that the city marks the anniversary in this way. I would encourage everybody to join in the minute’s silence.”