The Band of Light was unveiled at the 25th anniversary memorial service at Anfield in April 2014

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-35236522

The final Anfield memorial service to remember 96 football fans who died at Hillsborough will take place in April.

Memorial services have been held at Liverpool’s stadium in most of the 26 years since the disaster.

Hillsborough families have agreed that this year’s service – on the 27th anniversary – will be the final one.

The coroner at the inquests into the fatal crush on 15 April 1989 at the Sheffield stadium will start summing up 279 days’ evidence later this month.

The decision to end the Anfield services was made by the Hillsborough Families Support Group (HFSG) following consultation with the relatives of those who died.

On Tuesday, Coroner Lord Justice Goldring adjourned the inquests, being held in Warrington, Cheshire, until 25 January when he expects to summarise the evidence for the jury.

Margaret Aspinall, chairwoman of the HFSG, said: “The 96 will never be forgotten. This final memorial service will provide the families with some closure.”

Mrs Aspinall, whose 18-year-old son James died in the disaster, added: “The HFSG would like to thank everyone for all the support the families have received over the past 27 years and all those people who have attended the service at Anfield each year.

“We hope that the public and fans respect the decision of the HFSG and will continue to remember the 96 in their own, perhaps more private, way.”

In the days after the disaster, Anfield became the focus of grief on Merseyside.

A carpet of flowers was laid over the pitch and a chain of football scarves stretched from the stadium, across the city’s Stanley Park and to Goodison Park, home of local rivals Everton.

On the first anniversary the club unveiled its permanent memorial to the 96 – a 10-tonne granite block inscribed with the names of the victims alongside an eternal flame.

Since then bereaved families, survivors, Liverpool players and managers have attended the annual service at the ground.

The service has been a very public show of remembrance – but also of the support shown to those affected by the disaster.

More recently it has also helped keep the bereaved families’ campaign in the public eye.

Who were the 96 victims?

lanoisseforp:

I have mixed feelings about this. I don’t know where to begin and to end with my thoughts from this.

My only deepest concern are what way the punishment is going to be handed down to those who have cause the pain towards to the famlies of the lost 96.

This is the most heartbreaking post I have made here but the most important thing is I am a very proud Liverpool FC Supporter and my heart has the same shape as the Liverbird.

Credit all the way to HFSG because they are an inspiration to us all.

We are Liverpool!

JFT96 GBNF YNWA Ever!

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warrior18
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Here Here lanno, well said mate. 🙂 🙂

Jamie (admin)
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Fantastic post. Thank you for the information as much as the sentiments. I’ll be sure to attend this year if it’ll be the last.

I should also make this the year myself and/or Kopfans do some form of charity event for HFSG, those legal bills are crazy.

Koped49
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My heart always goes out to the families, it will live with me till my last day on this mortal planet.
I hope we can all respect the wishes of the families of those whom lost family members. As this affected many more than their close family, it touch not only mother, fathers, brothers, sisters, it was uncles, aunties, cousins,nices, nephews, and man, many more, the ones who were injured, the ones who were mentally scared with the lasting memories etc.
The ones who have passed away since that fateful day who were there.
The sights and the sounds of that day will haunted me personally for ever.
I am one of the lucky ones who were in a safer area of the ground.

But the 96 will always be in my thoughts, my they rest in eternal peace.

And may they never walk alone

Walk on the 96 walk on

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