17 Apr 2009

Britain mourns, 20 years after Hillsborough disaster

7:04 am on 17 April 2009

Liverpool fans bowed their heads as Britain mourned on the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, when 96 fans were crushed to death at an FA Cup semi-final.

Families of the victims gathered for a memorial service at Liverpool's Anfield ground to remember the tragedy at the match between their club and Nottingham Forest.

Liverpool came to a standstill to remember the victims of the disaster, caused by massive overcrowding in terraces behind the goal at the Hillsborough ground in the northern industrial city of Sheffield.

The bells of its two cathedrals rang to mark the exact time when the match was abandoned, at 3:06 pm, as the full scale of the horror became clear.

The Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard's 10-year-old cousin Jon-Paul Gilhooley was the youngest victim.

Gerrard says the scars will never heal and the clubs fans will never forget the tragedy, which prompted an inquiry leading to the removal of perimeter fencing and the creation of all-seater stadia, paving the way for the establishment of the Premier League.