Grand National: Aintree remembers Hillsborough dead with applause

Hillsborough Grand National tribute A minute's applause will honour the Hillsborough dead

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A minute's applause was held for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster at Aintree before the first race of Grand National day.

A floral tribute complete with Liverpool and Everton scarves greeted racegoers as the course marked the disaster's 25th anniversary.

Thursday's first race was renamed The Crabbie's Supporting The Hillsborough Families Fox Hunters' Chase.

Ninety-six people died following overcrowding at the football ground.

Fresh inquests into the deaths opened in Warrington on Monday.

The first race at the Merseyside racecourse began at 13.25 BST.

John Baker, Aintree and North West Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses, said: "We are delighted to show our support for the Hillsborough families. With the 25th anniversary approaching we felt it was appropriate to mark it at the festival and show our solidarity."

Margaret Aspinall, chair of Hillsborough Family Support Group, said: "It is very humbling that Aintree Racecourse and The Crabbie's Grand National is showing its support for the Hillsborough families."

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