Hundreds of mourners gathered at the Hillsborough memorial in Sheffield this afternoon for a service to mark the 26th anniversary of the tragic crush which killed 96 football fans.
Events took place in Sheffield and Liverpool this afternoon to remember those who lost their lives at the ground during the 1989 FA Cup Semi Final between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool FC.
In Sheffield some of the victims’ families attended a short service at the permanent memorial in Parkside Road.
Sheffield Wednesday club chairman Dejphon Chansiri laid a wreath in memory of the victims and Donna Miller, whose brother Paul Carlile, died in the disaster, aged 19, travelled over from Liverpool to read out the names of all those who lost their lives.
A reading was followed by the laying of wreaths, prayers, and a minute’s silence.
In Liverpool a packed memorial service took place at Anfield.
It was attended by Liverpool FC first team players, former manager Kenny Dalglish, relatives of the victims, and MPs including Andy Burnham, who has assisted the families in their pursuit for the truth about what happened on the day.
Stars from the world of football and celebrities also posted tributes online.
Among those who tweeted were former Liverpool player Michael Owen, who wrote: “Thoughts today are with the 96, their families and all affected by the tragedy.”
Wayne Rooney’s wife Colleen, put: “JFT96. Thinking of all their family and friends today and always,” and Scouse comedian John Bishop said: “It’s a beautiful morning as it was on this day in 1989 then the world changed forever. Time for commemoration and for justice #JFT96.”