You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

+Sports Top Stories

Hillsborough memorials held across Liverpool in tribute to the 96 victims

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 15/04/2019 Jacob Jarvis
a group of colorful flowers © Provided by Local News RSS EN-GB

Tributes have been paid to the 96 Hillsborough disaster victims with mourners declaring "we will never forget".

The city fell silent at 3.06pm, the time the match was stopped, on the 30th anniversary of the FA Cup Final tragedy.

Photos of those who lost their lives in the crush on the Leppings Lane terrace of Sheffield Wednesday's ground were displayed on banners with the words "Never forgotten".

There were 96 lanterns lit on the steps of Liverpool's St George's Hall, while flowers were laid by family members, local politicians and members of the public.

a group of people standing in front of a building: People gather in front of the Hillsborough memorial outside of Liverpool Football Club's main stand at Anfield (AFP/Getty Images) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited People gather in front of the Hillsborough memorial outside of Liverpool Football Club's main stand at Anfield (AFP/Getty Images)

Speaking outside St George's Hall, Louise Brookes, whose brother Andrew died in the disaster, said: "Andrew has been dead now four years longer than he was alive.

"He was only 26 when he died and he had his whole future and whole life ahead of him. I really struggle with that."

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson and Lord Mayor Christine Banks laid wreaths on behalf of the people of Liverpool.

Joe Anderson standing in front of a building: Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson and Lord Mayor Christine Banks stand on the steps of St George's Hall (PA) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson and Lord Mayor Christine Banks stand on the steps of St George's Hall (PA)

Mr Anderson said: "Today we want to provide the city with an opportunity to be here, lay tributes and pay their respects and their thoughts to the families.

"I hope it gives them comfort that the city is thinking of them today."

Metro mayor of the Liverpool city region Steve Rotheram was at the match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989.

a person standing in front of a building: Fans also laid flowers at Anfield's Hillsborough Memorial on Sunday (REUTERS) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Fans also laid flowers at Anfield's Hillsborough Memorial on Sunday (REUTERS)

He said: "We have never forgotten and we will never forget the 96.

"It will be a very raw day for those people affected, not just by the loss of a loved one but who were there, the survivors for instance, and those people who witnessed the events on the day.

"It's something that in my mind's eye I can still conjure up images of because I was there on the day."

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard whose cousin, Jon-Paul Gilhooley, 10, was the youngest victim of the tragedy paid tribute on social media.

He wrote "Never forgotten" and posted a picture of the Hillsborough memorial on Twitter.

AdChoices
AdChoices

More from Evening Standard

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon