Liverpool marks 30 years since Hillsborough disaster

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Liverpool – The English city of Liverpool fell silent on Monday to mark the 30th
anniversary of the Hillsborough football stadium disaster, which claimed
the lives of 96 Reds supporters.

Mourners lit a lantern for each of the fans who were crushed to death
at the FA Cup semi-final held at the stadium in Sheffield on April 15,
1989.

Banners spelling out the letters “never forgotten” were hung from the
city’s St George’s Hall, above the lanterns, flowers and pictures of
the victims.

“The support this city, and the people of Liverpool have shown us,
all of us families has been tremendous,” said Louise Brookes, whose
brother Andrew died in the disaster.

“They’ve never let us down. They’ve never failed us. They continue to support us.”

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson, who laid a wreath on behalf of the
people of the city, said it was “a day for the people to remember and
support the families. 

“For 30 years the city is united behind their families and gave them
as much support as they possibly could do, emotionally and standing
shoulder to shoulder with them. That’s all we can do.”

The city fell silent at 15: 06 , the time the match between
Liverpool and Nottingham Forest was stopped, in honour of the victims,
while flags on civil buildings were flown at half mast.

Fans also placed flowers and balloons at the memorial at Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium.

The police commander at the disaster faces a retrial after a jury
earlier this month failed to reach a verdict over his role in the
deaths.

Dozens of relatives of the victims who had gathered in Liverpool –
25 miles (40 kilometres) away – gasped as the jury foreman told the
court they could not reach a unanimous decision on charges of gross
negligence manslaughter against retired chief superintendent David
Duckenfield.

The crush was Britain’s worst sports stadium tragedy.





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