Hillsborough anniversary

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A MEMORIAL ceremony has taken place to mark the 24th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster - which falls today.

Around 300 people, including the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, gathered at Liverpool town hall yesterday where a permanent memorial in the form of a clock was unveiled.

The time on the antique clock is frozen at 3.06pm - the exact time that the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest was stopped as officials realised fans were being crushed on the terraces in Sheffield.

Mayor Anderson said the event was extra special as it was the first since the families of the victims fought and won justice in their campaign to clear blame for the disaster from the dead.

Today marks the 24th anniversary of the tragedy on April 15, 1989 - one of Britain’s worst sporting disasters.

Mayor Anderson said: “Twenty-four years, the passage of time has still not dulled the pain and suffering for those of you gathered here.”

Prayers were said and a minute’s silence was held.

More events are planned for today including a memorial service at Anfield.