15 Apr 2013

BBC: World Watch Mon jgreaves

12:58 pm on 15 April 2013

It is 24 years since 96 football fans were crushed to death at an English FA Cup semi final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield.

Two new memorials were unveiled in Liverpool on Saturday to remember the dead on the eve of the anniversary.

Two memorials to the 96 people who died as a result of the Hillsborough tragedy have been unveiled in Liverpool.

A memorial monument was unveiled on Old Haymarket in a public ceremony, attended by 300 people, on the eve of the disaster's 24th anniversary.

The monument - a 2.1 metre bronze structure - features the words "Hillsborough Disaster - we will remember them", along with the names of all 96 Liverpool FC supporters who died.

Family members were the first to be allowed to view it and some touched the individual name of their loved one.

Earlier, a memorial clock was installed at Liverpool Town Hall in a private ceremony for the families of the dead. The ornate mahogany clock was made in the 1780s by John Clifton.

The hands on the 33cm dial will be frozen at 3.06pm, the time at which the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest was stopped on 15 April, 1989.

The anniversary is also being marked with an exhibition of a mosaic of 96 tiles called United for Justice, showing an image of a young Liverpool fan shaking hands with a young Everton fan.