Cultural attractions, civic buildings and city centre landmarks will commemorate the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy tomorrow (15 April) when a minute’s silence takes place.
The silence will be observed across Liverpool at 3.06pm, the exact time the fateful football match was stopped, in remembrance of the 96 people who lost their lives.
Flags on civic buildings will be flown at half-mast and bells at Liverpool Town Hall, the Municipal Building and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral will be rung 96 times.
Members of the public will be able to gather in Exchange Flags to show their respects and the screen on the front of the Forever 21 store, the Lime Street media wall and the M62 digital screens will provide a visual tribute as they display the words ‘Never Forgotten’.
Elsewhere in the city, public transport will also be halting for a minute at 3.06pm with the Mersey Ferry sounding its horn and barriers being lowered at the Mersey tunnels, and prayers will be read prior to the minute-long silence at Liverpool Cathedral.
National Museums Liverpool venues will also observe the silence, in addition to the waterfront’s Museum of Liverpool displaying the number ‘96’ in three metre-high red figures near the front entrance.
Shops in Liverpool ONE and the Business Improvement District have been asked to observe the silence too, while a team from the retail and leisure complex plans to gather on the steps near the Liverpool FC store just before 3.06pm.
The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Tony Concepcion, says: “Hillsborough was a tragedy which must never be forgotten and it is appropriate that the city marks the anniversary in this way. I would encourage everybody to join in the minute’s silence.”
Outside of Liverpool itself, neighbouring local authorities are also preparing to fly flags at half-mast on civic buildings.