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New Hillsborough memorials unveiled

Published 10/04/2013 | 06:31

Liverpool fans try to escape severe overcrowding at Hillsborough in April 1989
Liverpool fans try to escape severe overcrowding at Hillsborough in April 1989
Debbie Routledge, a survivor in the Hillsborough stadium disaster 1989
A total of 96 Liverpool fans died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster
Floral tributes left in front the Hillsborough memorial outside Anfield Stadium
The Hillsborough stadium disaster 1989
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 19: Trevor Hicks of the Hillsborough Family Support Group and his former wife Jenni Hicks (R), who lost their two teenage daughters Sarah and Victoria in the Hillsbrough disaster, join Margaret Aspinall, who lost her son James, outside the High Court on December 19, 2012 in London, England. An application presented by the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve to Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge has resulted in the quashing of the original accidental death verdict and an order for fresh inquests. The Hillsborough disaster occurred during the FA Cup semi-final tie between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest football clubs in April 1989 at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, which resulted in the deaths of 96 football fans. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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Thousands of police officers could be investigated over the Hillsborough disaster, the IPCC says
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: The scoreboard shows a message in rememberance of 23rd anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster prior to the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Liverpool and Everton at Wembley Stadium on April 14, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Ninety-six Liverpool football fans died in the 1989 disaster
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Everton players observe a silence for the 23rd anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster prior the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Liverpool and Everton at Wembley Stadium on April 14, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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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