Liverpool will fall silent as it today marks the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, on the 15th April 1989, at the Liverpool vs Nottingham FA cup semi-final in Sheffield.
The silence will be observed across the city at 3:06pm, the time that the match was stopped to commemorate the 96 people who lost their lives at the game. Shops in Liverpool One will observe the silence and a team from Liverpool One will gather near the LFC store.
As a mark of respect, flags on civic buildings will be flown at half-mast and the bells at the Town Hall, Municipal Building and the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral will be rung 96 times.The Anglican Cathedral prayers will be said before the silence, and the number 96 will be displayed outside the Museum of Liverpool.
A memorial service at Anfield stadium will be conducted from 2:45pm, with families, friends, survivors and civic dignitaries in attendance. Hillsborough Campaigners Margret Aspinall CBE and Trevor Hicks CBE were made Senior Fellows of Liverpool Hope University in January during the Foundation Service.
Speaking to Derrie Thickett on THIS Radio yesterday, Lord Mayor Councillor Tony Concepcion said: “This is a tremendous tragedy for the city of Liverpool and it must never be forgot, and it’s appropriate that the city marks the anniversary in this way. The Lord Mayor is encouraging “everybody to join in the minute’s silence”. You can hear an interview with Daniel and Derrie on the Thursday lunchtime show below:
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