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GUARDIAN – Sunlit service at Anfield marks 25 years since 96 died in Hillsborough disaster

Around 24,000 were there, including Andy Burnham, the minister who took the call for justice to the heart of the establishmentAfter six days of heartbreaking testimony by bereaved families at the new inquest into how 96 people met their deaths at the Hillsborough football ground in 1989, there was a warmth close to celebration to the service at Liverpool’s sun-blessed Anfield home marking 25 years since the disaster.The grievous loss the families suffered was remembered: of sons, daughters, fathers, grandfathers, fathers-to-be, a mother who went off to support Liverpool in that FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest under similar spring sunshine and clear blue skies. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – From the archive, 1989: Angry grief in Liverpool following Hillsborough disaster

Observer, 16 April 1989: Twenty-five years ago, a city struggled to understand why so many lives were lost at a football matchFans returning to the club’s famous Anfield ground wept at the foot of the huge ornamental gates dedicated to the late Bill Shankly, the former Liverpool manager, and topped with the legend ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.A few wreaths of flowers had been left by well-wishers, and even fans of local rivals Everton came to pass on condolences to the bereaved who stood numb in the spring night. Continue reading…

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