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Hillsborough memorial service held at Anfield to mark anniversary

Published 15/04/2016

People leave tributes outside Anfield stadium before a memorial service to mark the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, on April 15, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
People leave tributes outside Anfield stadium before a memorial service to mark the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, on April 15, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Members of the crowd during the last memorial service to be held at Anfield, Liverpool, to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PA
Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham shakes hands with former Liverpool player and manager Kenny Daglish before the last memorial service to be held at Anfield, Liverpool, to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 15, 2016. The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989. See PA story MEMORIAL Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Members of the crowd during the last memorial service to be held at Anfield, Liverpool, to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 15, 2016. The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989. See PA story MEMORIAL Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Members of the crowd during the last memorial service to be held at Anfield, Liverpool, to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 15, 2016. The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989. See PA story MEMORIAL Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Liverpool FC supporters applaud during a memorial service to mark the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, at Anfield stadium on April 15, 2016 in Liverpool, England. Thousands of fans, friends and relatives took part in the final Anfield memorial service for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Earlier this year relatives of the victims agreed that this year's service would be the last. Bells across the City of Liverpool rang out during a one minute silence in memory of the 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives during a crush at an FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Former Liverpool player and manager Kenny Daglish arrives for the last memorial service to be held at Anfield, Liverpool, to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 15, 2016. The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989. See PA story MEMORIAL Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Children lay flowers on the pitch during the last memorial service to be held at Anfield, Liverpool, to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 15, 2016. The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989. See PA story MEMORIAL Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
LThe 'Eternal Ring' is seen as Liverpool FC fans sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' during a memorial service to mark the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, at Anfield stadium on April 15, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (R) arrives with his players to attend a memorial service at Anfield in Liverpool, north west Engand on April 15, 2016, on the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster. 96 Liverpool supporters died at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, northern England. 2016 will be the final year a memorial service is held at Anfield. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Hillsborough campaigners Margaret Aspinal and Trevor Hicks during the last memorial service to be held at Anfield, Liverpool, to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 15, 2016. The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989. See PA story MEMORIAL Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Current and former Liverpool players during the last memorial service to be held at Anfield, Liverpool, to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 15, 2016. The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989. See PA story MEMORIAL Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Liverpool FC supporters clap during a memorial service to mark the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, at Anfield stadium on April 15, 2016 in Liverpool, England. Thousands of fans, friends and relatives took part in the final Anfield memorial service for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Earlier this year relatives of the victims agreed that this year's service would be the last. Bells across the City of Liverpool rang out during a one minute silence in memory of the 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives during a crush at an FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Flowers and balloons at the side of the pitch during the last memorial service to be held at Anfield, Liverpool, to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 15, 2016. The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989. See PA story MEMORIAL Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: An Everton FC supporter holds up a Liverpool FC supporters shirt during a memorial service to mark the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, at Anfield stadium on April 15, 2016 in Liverpool, England. Thousands of fans, friends and relatives took part in the final Anfield memorial service for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Earlier this year relatives of the victims agreed that this year's service would be the last. Bells across the City of Liverpool rung out during a one minute silence in memory of the 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives during a crush at an FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A banner with former Liverpool player Steven Gerrard is displayed during the last memorial service to be held at Anfield, Liverpool, to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 15, 2016. The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989. See PA story MEMORIAL Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Children lay flowers on the pitch during the last memorial service to be held at Anfield, Liverpool, to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 15, 2016. The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989. See PA story MEMORIAL Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Former past and present players and managers take their place during the last memorial service to be held at Anfield, Liverpool, to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 15, 2016. The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989. See PA story MEMORIAL Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Tributes are placed on the pitch before a memorial service to mark the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, at Anfield stadium on April 15, 2016 in Liverpool, England. Thousands of fans, friends and relatives will take part in the final Anfield memorial service for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Earlier this year relatives of the victims agreed that this year's service would be the last. Bells across the City of Liverpool will ring out during a one minute silence in memory of the 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives during a crush at an FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Former Liverpool players Bruce Grobbelaar and Phil Thompson (centre) and Alan Hansen during the last memorial service to be held at Anfield, Liverpool, to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 15, 2016. The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989. See PA story MEMORIAL Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
People attend a memorial service at Anfield in Liverpool, north west Engand on April 15, 2016, on the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster. 96 Liverpool supporters died at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, northern England. 2016 will be the final year a memorial service is held at Anfield. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: A bouquet of flowers in the shape of a football is placed on the pitch before a memorial service to mark the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, at Anfield stadium on April 15, 2016 in Liverpool, England. Thousands of fans, friends and relatives will take part in the final Anfield memorial service for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Earlier this year relatives of the victims agreed that this year's service would be the last. Bells across the City of Liverpool will ring out during a one minute silence in memory of the 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives during a crush at an FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Fans, relatives and Liverpool FC staff and players during a memorial service to mark the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, at Anfield stadium on April 15, 2016 in Liverpool, England. Thousands of fans, friends and relatives took part in the final Anfield memorial service for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Earlier this year relatives of the victims agreed that this year's service would be the last. Bells across the City of Liverpool rung out during a one minute silence in memory of the 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives during a crush at an FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: A banner is unfurled in front of supporters before a memorial service to mark the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, at Anfield stadium on April 15, 2016 in Liverpool, England. Thousands of fans, friends and relatives will take part in the final Anfield memorial service for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Earlier this year relatives of the victims agreed that this year's service would be the last. Bells across the City of Liverpool will ring out during a one minute silence in memory of the 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives during a crush at an FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Former Liverpool players Ian Rush (centre left) and Robbie Fowler (centre) during the last memorial service to be held at Anfield, Liverpool, to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 15, 2016. The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989. See PA story MEMORIAL Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (L) and Liverpool's English midfielder Jordan Henderson attend a memorial service at Anfield in Liverpool, north west Engand on April 15, 2016, on the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster. 96 Liverpool supporters died at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, northern England. 2016 will be the final year a memorial service is held at Anfield. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet (C) sits with teammates as they attend a memorial service at Anfield in Liverpool, north west Engand on April 15, 2016, on the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster. 96 Liverpool supporters died at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, northern England. 2016 will be the final year a memorial service is held at Anfield. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Former Liverpool player and BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson arrives for the last memorial service to be held at Anfield, Liverpool, to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 15, 2016. The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989. See PA story MEMORIAL Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers (R), and former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher (C) arrive for a memorial service at Anfield in Liverpool, north west Engand on April 15, 2016, on the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster. 96 Liverpool supporters died at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, northern England. 2016 will be the final year a memorial service is held at Anfield. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Two young mascots for Liverpool FC and Everton FC walk hand in hand across the pitch before a memorial service to mark the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, at Anfield stadium on April 15, 2016 in Liverpool, England. Thousands of fans, friends and relatives will take part in the final Anfield memorial service for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Earlier this year relatives of the victims agreed that this year's service would be the last. Bells across the City of Liverpool will ring out during a one minute silence in memory of the 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives during a crush at an FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: A Liverpool fan deep in thought before a memorial service to mark the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, at Anfield stadium on April 15, 2016 in Liverpool, England. Thousands of fans, friends and relatives will take part in the final Anfield memorial service for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Earlier this year relatives of the victims agreed that this year's service would be the last. Bells across the City of Liverpool will ring out during a one minute silence in memory of the 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives during a crush at an FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Former Liverpool player and manager Kenny Dalglish arrives for the last memorial service to be held at Anfield, Liverpool, to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 15, 2016. The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989. See PA story MEMORIAL Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Manager Jurgen Klopp arrives for the last memorial service to be held at Anfield, Liverpool, to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 15, 2016. The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989. See PA story MEMORIAL Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Former Liverpool player and manager Kenny Dalglish arrives for the last memorial service to be held at Anfield, Liverpool, to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 15, 2016. The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989. See PA story MEMORIAL Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: A general view of Anfield stadium before a memorial service to mark the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, on April 15, 2016 in Liverpool, England. Thousands of fans, friends and relatives will take part in the final Anfield memorial service for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Earlier this year relatives of the victims agreed that this year's service would be the last. Bells across the City of Liverpool will ring out during a one minute silence in memory of the 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives during a crush at an FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: A bus displays a message reading 'Remembering the 96' next to it's route information as it drives past Anfield stadium before a memorial service to mark the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, on April 15, 2016 in Liverpool, England. Thousands of fans, friends and relatives will take part in the final Anfield memorial service for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Earlier this year relatives of the victims agreed that this year's service would be the last. Bells across the City of Liverpool will ring out during a one minute silence in memory of the 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives during a crush at an FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Tributes are left outside Anfield stadium before a memorial service to mark the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, on April 15, 2016 in Liverpool, England. Thousands of fans, friends and relatives will take part in the final Anfield memorial service for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Earlier this year relatives of the victims agreed that this year's service would be the last. Bells across the City of Liverpool will ring out during a one minute silence in memory of the 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives during a crush at an FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: People leave tributes outside Anfield stadium before a memorial service to mark the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, on April 15, 2016 in Liverpool, England. Thousands of fans, friends and relatives will take part in the final Anfield memorial service for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Earlier this year relatives of the victims agreed that this year's service would be the last. Bells across the City of Liverpool will ring out during a one minute silence in memory of the 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives during a crush at an FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
The congregation gathers before the last memorial service to be held at Anfield, Liverpool, to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 15, 2016. The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989. See PA story MEMORIAL Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: People arrive for a memorial service to mark the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, at Anfield stadium on April 15, 2016 in Liverpool, England. Thousands of fans, friends and relatives will take part in the final Anfield memorial service for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Earlier this year relatives of the victims agreed that this year's service would be the last. Bells across the City of Liverpool will ring out during a one minute silence in memory of the 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives during a crush at an FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Tributes are left outside Anfield stadium before a memorial service to mark the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, on April 15, 2016 in Liverpool, England. Thousands of fans, friends and relatives took part in the final Anfield memorial service for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Earlier this year relatives of the victims agreed that this year's service would be the last. Bells across the City of Liverpool rung during a one minute silence in memory of the 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives during a crush at an FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Flowers and football scarves lay in front of the temporary Hillsborough memorial, ahead of a memorial service at Anfield in Liverpool, north west Engand on April 15, 2016, on the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster. 96 Liverpool supporters died at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, northern England. 2016 will be the final year a memorial service is held at Anfield. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
A man prepares to lay flowers bearing a photograph of one of the Hillsborough Disaster victims at the temporary Hillsborough memorial, ahead of a memorial service at Anfield in Liverpool, north west Engand on April 15, 2016, on the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster. 96 Liverpool supporters died at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, northern England. 2016 will be the final year a memorial service is held at Anfield. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
People pay their respects at the temporary Hillsborough memorial, ahead of a memorial service at Anfield in Liverpool, north west Engand on April 15, 2016, on the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster. 96 Liverpool supporters died at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, northern England. 2016 will be the final year a memorial service is held at Anfield. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Flowers are pictured at the temporary Hillsborough memorial, ahead of a memorial service at Anfield in Liverpool, north west Engand on April 15, 2016, on the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster. 96 Liverpool supporters died at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, northern England. 2016 will be the final year a memorial service is held at Anfield. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Seats with the number 96 before the last memorial service to be held at Anfield, Liverpool, to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 15, 2016. The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989. See PA story MEMORIAL Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Flowers and football scarves are pictured at the temporary Hillsborough memorial, ahead of a memorial service at Anfield in Liverpool, north west Engand on April 15, 2016, on the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster. 96 Liverpool supporters died at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, northern England. 2016 will be the final year a memorial service is held at Anfield. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: (EDITOR'S NOTE: Image was created as an Equirectangular Panorama. Import image into a panoramic player to create an interactive 360 degree view.) People arrive for a memorial service to mark the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, at Anfield stadium on April 15, 2016 in Liverpool, England. Thousands of fans, friends and relatives took part in the final Anfield memorial service for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Earlier this year relatives of the victims agreed that this year's service would be the last. Bells across the City of Liverpool rung during a one minute silence in memory of the 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives during a crush at an FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
People look at the list of victims' names at the temporary Hillsborough memorial, ahead of a memorial service at Anfield in Liverpool, north west Engand on April 15, 2016, on the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster. 96 Liverpool supporters died at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, northern England. 2016 will be the final year a memorial service is held at Anfield. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Roses are placed on the side of the pitch before the last memorial service to be held at Anfield, Liverpool, to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 15, 2016. The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989. See PA story MEMORIAL Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Flowers are placed at the Hillsborough memorial before the last memorial service to be held at Anfield, Liverpool, to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 15, 2016. The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989. See PA story MEMORIAL Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Roses are carried to be placed at the Hillsborough memorial before the last memorial service to be held at Anfield, Liverpool, to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 15, 2016. The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989. See PA story MEMORIAL Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Flowers are placed at the Hillsborough memorial before the last memorial service to be held at Anfield, Liverpool, to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 15, 2016. The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989. See PA story MEMORIAL Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
A banner in tribute to the victims of Hillsborough on a shop front outside Anfield, Liverpool, before the last memorial service to be held at the ground to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 15, 2016. The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989. See PA story MEMORIAL Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
People gather at Anfield around the Hillsborough memorial before the last memorial service to be held at the Liverpool ground to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 15, 2016. The 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989. See PA story MEMORIAL Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
File photo dated 15/04/1989 of overcrowding at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough. The final annual Hillsborough memorial service at Anfield will take place later to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday April 15, 2016. Thousands of ordinary fans are expected to gather with the families of those who died in the tragedy to pay their respects one last time at the home of Liverpool FC. See PA story MEMORIAL Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: David Giles/PA Wire
File photo dated 22/04/1989 of fans gathering at Anfield for a ceremony of remembrance following the Hillsborough disaster. The final annual Hillsborough memorial service at Anfield will take place later to mark 27 years to the day since the tragedy claimed 96 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday April 15, 2016. Thousands of ordinary fans are expected to gather with the families of those who died in the tragedy to pay their respects one last time at the home of Liverpool FC. See PA story MEMORIAL Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire

A sombre service has begun to mark the final Hillsborough memorial at Anfield, 27 years to the day after the tragedy.

Loved ones of the 96 who died have been joined at the home of Liverpool FC's by past and present club legends and around 25,000 ordinary fans to mark today's emotional anniversary.

Families of the 96 unanimously agreed this year's service, held annually on April 15 to mark the 1989 disaster, would be the last major public event at Anfield.

Today VIPs sat in the stands in honour of the fans who lost their lives as the service began on the pitch in front of the Spion Kop.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and his players received a rousing reception as they took their place for the service, following last night's last-gasp heroics in their Europa Cup tie.

England manager Roy Hodgson was also among the VIP guests in seats on the Kop, along with Kenny Dalglish and many of the team playing from the days of the disaster in 1989, including Alan Hansen and Mark Lawrenson. Former Anfield great Kevin Keegan was also in attendance.

The service began with the traditional football hymn, Abide With Me, before silence fell as the names of the 96 were read aloud.

All died after the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15 1989.

Band Of Life

As each name was read a light was lit, one by one, on a large art sculpture entitled The Band Of Life, until all the lights were illuminated.

LThe 'Eternal Ring' is seen as Liverpool FC fans sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' during a memorial service to mark the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, at Anfield stadium on April 15, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LThe 'Eternal Ring' is seen as Liverpool FC fans sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' during a memorial service to mark the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, at Anfield stadium on April 15, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

As the time reached 3.06pm, the exact moment the match was abandoned as the tragedy unfolded, a minute's silence began.

In the city's main streets and shopping thoroughfares, public transport was halted and the hum and noise from outside the ground faded as a hush fell across the city, while Anfield, often a cauldron of noise, also fell into a sombre stillness.

Some fans wiped away silent tears as they remembered the scores of lives lost in Britain's worst sporting disaster.

The minute's silence ended with a round of applause, as across the city bells tolled 96 times at the city's Metropolitan Cathedral.

Marking how the city has united to support and help the families of the 96, it was a player from Liverpool's nearest rivals, former Everton striker Graeme Sharp, who gave the first reading, Psalm 23, The Lord Is My Shepherd.

Dalglish, one of Liverpool FC's all time greats, and manager of the team on the day of the disaster then received a standing ovation and rapturous applause as he gave the second reading from the Gospel of John.


City will never forget the 96

Joe Anderson, the mayor of Liverpool, said the support and solidarity shown to the families of the 96 showed what the city was about.

He said: "We want you, the families, to know during this time we offer you our thoughts and prayers and we want you to know we stand with you and support you during this difficult time."

He said the support group set up by the Hillsborough families was an inspiration to all for the devotion they had shown to their loved ones.

He added: "This city will never forget the 96 people who lost their lives.

"You wouldn't go away, and thank God you didn't go away."

Mr Anderson, to mark that this was the last service to be held at Anfield, asked the families of the 96 to remain seated while all around them the thousands of others present stood and clapped them for 96 seconds.

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