Hundreds mark Hillsborough anniversary in city
HUNDREDS of people gathered at different events in Nottingham this afternoon to mark the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy.
In the Old Market Square around 500 people took part in a a two-minute silence, as Nottingham joined the cities of Liverpool and Sheffield in paying their respects to the 96 people who died in the disaster.
Forest fan Jim Marriott, 54, from Carlton, attended with his son Sam, 14.
He said: "Respect brings me here this afternoon. I have three brothers who were at the match, so my family was very deeply affected by what they saw. We were in shock and disbelief and there was a sense of nationwide grief.
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"On a day like today it brings it all back and you want to remember those who died."
The Lord Mayor and the Sheriff of Nottingham were also at the scene for the two-minute silence at 3.06pm. That was the time when the FA Cup semi-final game between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest was stopped because of the tragic events that were unfolding.
After the silence, church bells rang 96 times in remembrance of those who lost their lives. You'll Never Walk Alone was then played, with the crowd joining in, before they broke into spontaneous applause.
Buses passing through the Old Market Square came to a standstill, and Nottingham Forest's City Ground flag was flying at half mast.
Silences also took place in four main neighbourhood centres in the city – Bulwell (Market Square), Clifton (Clifton Cornerstone), Hyson Green (Mary Potter Centre) and Sherwood (Sherwood Library).
Books of Condolence were available for people to sign at the four venues and at the Council House.
City Council Leader, Jon Collins, said: "As one of the three cities directly involved in the tragic events at Hillsborough 20 years ago, it's important that Nottingham remembers the 96 people who lost their lives and the tragedy it brought to their families.
"I was at the game myself but like many people who were there, it wasn't until travelling home to Nottingham in the car that I found out the scale of what had happened.
"It's not just about those who were at the game or even football. All the people of Liverpool, Sheffield and Nottingham shared the sense of grief in the weeks that followed the tragedy.
"So it's fitting that people in the three cities should join together again to mark the 20th anniversary in a shared act of remembrance."