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Hillsborough: Liverpool Marks 25th Anniversary
The city of Liverpool has come to a standstill as thousands of people gathered to remember the 96 fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster 25 years ago.
Church bells tolled 96 times at 3.06pm, the exact time Liverpool FC's FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest was abandoned.
The crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at the stadium in Sheffield in 1989 is Britain's worst ever sporting disaster.
Relatives of the victims joined players, staff and senior representatives of the club at Anfield for the annual memorial service. A crowd of around 24,000 was expected.
Manager Brendan Rodgers gave a reading, as did Roberto Martinez, manager of city neighbours Everton.
Thousands of scarves were laid out on the pitch in the shape of "96", donated from fans and clubs across the UK and beyond after an appeal from Liverpool.
Public transport was halted at 3.06pm across the city, when the Mersey Ferry blew its funnels and barriers at both Mersey Tunnels were lowered.
At Lime Street, the city's main railway station, a huge screen displayed a photo of each of those who died.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: "This year marks a pivotal moment in the history of the Hillsborough tragedy and the families' long fight for justice.
"Not only is it the 25th anniversary of the tragedy but we also have the start of fresh inquests into how the 96 lost their lives.
"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, stand shoulder to shoulder and remember the 96 fans that went to a football match and never returned home."
The verdict of accidental death reached at the original inquest in 1991 was quashed at the High Court in 2012 after a long campaign by the families of the victims.
A new inquest was ordered and this will resume next week.