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Monday, September 26, 2016
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 More than 20,000 fans attended a memorial service at Anfield football stadium today for the 96 Liverpool football fans killed in the Hillsborough disaster 20 years ago.

The supporters were crushed to death on 15 April 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup semi-final tie with Nottingham Forest at the stadium in Sheffield.

As victims' families took their places, the crowd of up to 25,000 people gave them a huge round of applause. Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina led the first team out to a roar of applause, followed by the team's manager Rafa Benitez, coach Sammy Lee and players Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard.
There were also cheers and applause for Everton's manager, David Moyes, and Kenny Dalglish.

A two minutes silence was held at six minutes past three, the exact anniversary of the tragedy. Then sadness took over the stadium as names of the dead were read out and a candle was lit for each victim.

Rival fans, Liverpool and Everton supporters, stood side by side, arms around each other as they marked the 20th anniversary of the sport's greatest tragedy.

At the end of the silence, church bells from around Liverpool could be heard ringing out 96 times.
Thousands also stopped in Liverpool city centre to observe the silence.

The Anglican Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Rev James Jones, opened the service, saying: "On this the 20th anniversary of the tragedy at Hillsborough, which broke the heart but not the spirit of our community, Her Majesty the Queen has asked me to say that her thoughts and prayers are with us and all those affected by the tragedy. For many here today it seems still like yesterday. Those we lost are always in our hearts and prayers."



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