#AceUKNews – LIVERPOOL – April 15 – (BBC) – Bells have been rung 96 times across Merseyside to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.
A seat was left empty and draped with a football scarf for each Liverpool fan who died
The bells of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool Town Hall and churches in Merseyside rang at 15:06 BST during a one-minute silence.
It marked the moment Liverpool’s FA Cup semi-final at the Sheffield ground was halted on 15 April 1989 after a crush that led to the deaths of 96 fans.
An annual memorial service was held at Anfield stadium.
Campaigner Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, and other families of victims were clapped as they arrived for the service.
#AceUKNews – BRITAIN – HILLSBOROUGH – April 10 – A father whose “beautiful” daughters died at the Hillsborough disaster “lost everything – the present, future and any purpose”, a coroner has heard.
Sarah Hicks, 19, and her sister Victoria, 15, were two of 96 Liverpool fans who died after a crush at the FA Cup semi-final in April 1989.
Their parents Trevor and Jenni Hicks read statements about them at the inquests in Warrington.
Campaigners Mr and Ms Hicks divorced in 1991 “as a result of Hillsborough”.
Mr Hicks, president of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, said: “The loss of a child is one of the worst things that can happen to a parent.
“It’s not that losing two is twice as bad, it’s that you lose everything – the present, future and any purpose.”
He said: “They lived together, died together in horrific circumstances, supporting the team they loved. They are buried together. Need I say more?”
Mr and Ms Hicks read their statements on what would have been Sarah’s 44th birthday.
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