Nottingham remembers Hillsborough
NOTTINGHAM was today joining the cities of Liverpool and Sheffield in marking the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy.
People in the city were invited to join the Lord Mayor and the Sheriff of Nottingham for a two-minute silence in Old Market Square at 3.06pm, the time when the 1989 FA Cup semi-final game between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest was stopped because of the tragedy unfolding.
There will be a a two-minute silence in Old Market Square at 3.06pm
Buses passing through the Market Square were also expected to come to a standstill.
Silences were also take place in four main neighbourhood centres in the city – Bulwell (Market Square), Clifton (Clifton Cornerstone), Hyson Green (Mary Potter Centre) and Sherwood (Sherwood Library).
At the end of the silence, church bells will ring 96 times in memory of those who lost their lives.
Books of condolence were available for people to sign at the local venues and at the Council House.
Football fans taking part were being encouraged to wear their team's colours, whoever they support.
City council leader, Coun 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."
A public memorial service will be held in The Kop stand at Liverpool Football Club today at 2.45pm, and will include the Liverpool fans' anthem You'll Never Walk Alone.