Two-minute silence for Hillsborough victims

Wreath at Kop at Anfield
Image caption The silence will start at 15:06 BST, the time the football match was stopped

A two-minute silence will be observed in Liverpool on Wednesday in memory of the 96 people who died in the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.

It marks the day a report and documents relating to the tragedy are disclosed by an independent panel.

The silence will start at 15:06 BST, the time the football match in Sheffield was stopped by the referee.

Bells at Liverpool Town Hall, Municipal Buildings on Dale Street and Liverpool Parish Church will ring out 96 times.

Flags at council buildings will be flown at half mast. National Museums Liverpool will also be observing the silence.

Mark of respect

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said: "On 12 September we are hoping to get the truth of what happened more than 23 years ago.

"The importance of this day cannot be underestimated, as it will trigger the start of a process which will hopefully lead to justice for everyone affected by the tragedy.

"I am asking for people to pause for just a couple of minutes at 3:06pm, at the moment when people lost their lives, as a mark of respect to those affected."

The silence will take place ahead of a vigil at the city's St George's Plateau which starts at 18:00 BST.

The vigil, which will feature music and readings, has been organised with the support of representatives of the Hillsborough family groups.

The proceedings will conclude with the singing of You'll Never Walk Alone.

Mr Anderson added: "We know the city will want to stand shoulder to shoulder with those affected by Hillsborough and share their sadness together as a city and support each other through this emotional time.

"It is an appropriate way to mark a momentous and significant milestone and anyone who wants to come along and be part of it is welcome."

The vigil is expected to finish at 19:00BST.

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