Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

New Hillsborough memorials unveiled

Liverpool fans try to escape severe overcrowding at Hillsborough in April 1989
Liverpool fans try to escape severe overcrowding at Hillsborough in April 1989

Liverpool will mark next week's 24th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster by unveiling two new permanent memorials to the 96 people who lost their lives.

Families of the victims will be joined by the city's Executive Mayor, Joe Anderson, and Lord Mayor, Sharon Sullivan, this Sunday, the day before the anniversary, for two ceremonies which will dedicate a special clock which has been installed at the Town Hall and a memorial monument in the city centre nearby.

The ornate 1780s timepiece, from the collection of National Museums Liverpool, was made by renowned clock maker John Clifton.

The hands on its 13-inch arch dial, which features the sun and moon rising, have been frozen at 3.06pm, the time that the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on 15 April 1989 was stopped as officials realised fans were being crushed on the terraces.

The mahogany long-case style clock stands eight feet tall and is intricately decorated with floral images, the council said.

The town hall ceremony, which will be held in private at midday, will also include the lighting of candles and prayers.

The commemorations will then proceed to Old Haymarket, where the memorial monument will be officially dedicated at a public ceremony at 2pm.

Created by local sculptor Tom Murphy, the seven-foot bronze structure features the words "Hillsborough Disaster - we will remember them", along with the names of all 96 Liverpool FC supporters who died on the Leppings Lane terraces.

The Hillsborough Justice Campaign commissioned Mr Murphy to create the monument which it is donating to the city. The tribute was funded by donations to the campaign by members of the public.

Last September, the Hillsborough Independent Panel laid bare a cover-up which attempted to shift the blame for the tragedy on to its victims.

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