Some 20 thousand people gathered at Liverpool’s Anfield stadium on Tuesday to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.
96 seats were left empty but draped with scarves to remember each and every life that perished on one of the darkest days in English football.
A ring of lights called the Band of Life, with each light inscribed with the name of a victim, was lit as those names were read aloud – the youngest being the 10-year-old cousin of club captain Steven Gerrard – who attended the ceremony along with his teammates.
The number 96 was spelled out on the pitch using scarves from the top four divisions as well as those donated by fans from around the world following an appeal by Kenny Dalglish – who was the manager at the time of the disaster.
The supporters lost their lives in a crush at the Leppings Lane End of Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough ground at the start of Liverpool and Nottingham Forest’s FA Cup semi final on April 15, 1989.