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Dublin: 8 °C Friday 18 October, 2019

20,000 people gather in Liverpool and sing hair-raising rendition of 'You'll Never Walk Alone'

A candlelight vigil is being staged at St George’s Hall this evening.

THERE WERE POIGNANT and emotional scenes in Liverpool city centre as over 20,000 people attended a commemorative event in memory of the 96 people who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster.

Hillsborough Inquest Source: Peter Byrne

Families and friends of the victims, as well as Mayor Joe Anderson, gathered outside St George’s Hall to mark the end of their 27-year fight for justice and the truth.

The event follows the conclusion of the inquests into the disaster, which determined the 96 Liverpool fans were unlawfully killed.

The large crowds walked hand-in-hand in the late evening sunshine as defiant chants of ‘Justice for the 96′ reverberated around the city centre.

After an address from Mayor Anderson, who thanked the families on behalf of ‘their loves ones and on behalf of their city’, Reds legend Kenny Dalglish read a passage from the Bible and recited a poem.

The former Liverpool manager led a hair-raising rendition of the club anthem, which was sung beautifully by a gospel choir.

Source: Sky News/YouTube

Huge banners with the words ‘Truth’ and ‘Justice’ were displayed at St George’s Hall while Archbishop of Liverpool, Malcolm McMahon, said: “Justice never comes cheap.

“But nobody would have expected it to take over a quarter of a century for the light of truth to shine on this dark episode in our nation’s history.

“We are all aware of the prolonged suffering of the families who refused to be crushed by indifference, denials and false accusations.”

The loudest cheer of the evening was reserved for the families as they were welcomed on stage. Margaret Aspinall, who has led the tireless campaign for the truth, was given a standing ovation as she addressed the crowds.

Hillsborough Inquest Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Hillsborough Inquest Source: Peter Byrne

Hillsborough Inquest Source: Peter Byrne

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