Anfield to host its final Hillsborough memorial service in April

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The Hillsborough Families Support Group have this week confirmed that the traditional memorial service held at Anfield will come to an end this April.

For most years since the disaster, the home of Liverpool Football Club has hosted a service in memory of the 96 spectators who died on April 15, 1989 during an FA Cup tie between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

This year will see friends and family of the 96 unite with Everton and Liverpool players and managers, along with supporters who want to pay their respect for the last time to mark the disaster's 27th anniversary.


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Margaret Aspinall, chairwoman of the HFSG, said: "The 96 will never be forgotten. This final memorial service will provide the families with some closure."

Aspinall has played a key part in the fight for justice following the death of her 18-year-old son, James.

"The HFSG would like to thank everyone for all the support the families have received over the past 27 years and all those people who have attended the service at Anfield each year.

"We hope that the public and fans respect the decision of the HFSG and will continue to remember the 96 in their own, perhaps more private, way."

The service has helped keep bereaved families’ campaign in the public eye and seen Merseyside unite in their fight for the truth, which proved worthwhile when their demand for justice was finally answered in September 2012.

Representatives from both clubs, including Steven Gerrard, Roberto Martinez and Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright, have played a vital part in bringing Merseyside together to pay respect.

During the service, each of the 96 victims' names are read out following a rendition of ‘Abide With Me', sung by a choir and supporters.

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Steven Gerrard
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