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Hillsborough Vigil In Liverpool Sees Thousands Unite In Solidarity

'United in grief, united in love and support.'

27/04/2016 22:09 | Updated 27 April 2016

Thousands gathered in Liverpool city centre to pay tribute to the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster at an emotional vigil on Wednesday.

Crowds chanted "Justice for the 96"  as Hillsborough families stood on the steps of St George's Hall following a 27-year battle for truth.

The Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson paid tribute to the "heroic achievements" of the relatives who lost loved ones in the 1989 disaster, despite facing considerable opposition from the establishment.

He said: "Yesterday, the wall of lies was finally torn down. The real truth came out", adding: "Never has our city been more proud of what you have achieved and done."

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Thousands unite in Liverpool for the Hillsborough vigil.

He said that they were "united in grief, united in love and support".

The Rupert Murdoch press and South Yorkshire Police force were shamed at the vigil.

Liverpool FC legend Kenny Dalglish, who managed the team on the day of the tragedy in 1989, read a passage from the Bible, and added: "You'll never walk alone," before the crowds joined together in song.

Dalglish's 'Footprints' poem in full:

One night I dreamed I walked together with my lord across the shore,
I saw my life pass by in scenes.
Each told a little more,
I noticed as I walked two sets of footprints in the sand,
Together walking side by side,
As if walking hand in hand.
But then in other scenes I looked and saw not two, but one.
One set of footprints all alone,
So where had my lord gone?
You promised, Lord, you would be with me in trauma and despair,
You promised that you'd care.
So where were you, Lord, when I needed you?
The Lord just looked and paused, and said: 'At those times you seem to walk alone, I carried you, my child.
I will never leave you or forsake you.
In other words, you will never walk alone'.

96 representatives from Liverpool and Everton football clubs each lay a rose to commemorate those who lost their lives on that tragic day.

Many had chosen to wear red in tribute to the Liverpool supporters.

A red and white banner bearing the names of the victims stood tall against the pillars of St George's Hall, with the words "truth" and "justice" in huge letters.

As the day went on, hundreds of floral tributes were placed on the stairs while Liverpool scarves, flags and rosettes were attached to the nearby lamp-posts.

As the 96 victims' names were read aloud, the crowd fell silent.

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    Margaret Aspinall and the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson sing 'you'll never walk alone' along with thousands of people outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall.
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    Thousands of people gather outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall.
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    Family and friends of the victims on the steps join thousands of people outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall to attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy.
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    Thousands attend the vigil.
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     Some of the 96 candles in memory of the victims burn on the steps outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall.
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    Tributes are left outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall.
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    'Justice for the 96'
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    A large bill board displays the words 'Never Forgotten'.
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    Members of the public sing 'you'll never walk alone'.
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    Margaret Aspinall and the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson sing 'you'll never walk alone'
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    Margaret Aspinall, whose son James died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, speaks outside St George's Hall in Liverpool.
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    Hillsborough Family Support Group chairman Margaret Aspinall speaks to crowds.
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    British Labour party MP for Leigh, Andy Burnham, stands at a podium and reads some of the names of the 96 victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.
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