Hillsborough: first of the new annual memorial services to take place this weekend

Final preparations are being made for the service being held at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral this Saturday to mark the 28th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

Memorial services will no longer take place at Anfield at the request of the families belonging to the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG), which organised them.

But from this year, the city’s two cathedrals will take it in turn to host simple and low-key services – an initiative of the Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend Paul Bayes, and the Archbishop of Liverpool, the Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon, in liaison with Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson.

The final memorial service at Anfield for the victims of the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy – 27 years to the day of the infamous incident – was held last April.

Margaret Aspinall, chair of the HFSG, recently told the ECHO: “While the Anfield service has now finished, at the request of the families belonging to the HFSG, who organised it, the city of Liverpool will obviously never forget the 96. And this annual service will give those people who wish to mark the anniversary in a formal way a chance to reflect in one of our two cathedrals.”

(Video: Sky News)


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