See the moving photographs from the Hillsborough commemoration service in Liverpool

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Families of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster have united at a special commemorative service in Liverpool to reflect on their 27-year quest for justice.

Members of the public attend a commemorative event at St George's Hall in Liverpoo
(Peter Byrne/PA)

At St George's Hall in the city, crowds gathered in their thousands to applaud the families of the victims of the disaster as they made their way down the steps following the jury's conclusion that fans had been unlawfully killed.

As they walked hand in hand, the sea of people erupted in chanting: "Justice for the 96."

Members of the public attend a commemorative event at St George's Hall in Liverpool
(Peter Byrne/PA)

Members of the public attend a commemorative event at St George's Hall in Liverpool
(Peter Byrne/PA)

Addressing the crowd, Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said "the truth had triumphed". He added: "Yesterday, the wall of lies was finally torn down. The real truth came out yesterday."

Members of the public attend a commemorative event at St George's Hall in Liverpool
(Peter Byrne/PA)

Members of the public attend a commemorative event at St George's Hall in Liverpool
(Peter Byrne/PA)

Anderson said the tragedy was the biggest cover-up in history. He then turned to pay tribute to the "inspirational" families and campaigners, "who won a tremendous battle: you fought for the values truth and justice. Never has our city been more proud of what you have achieved and done." He added that they were "united in grief, united in love and support".

Anderson said that it was because of the "incompetence of those in charge" who, he added, "tried to lay the blame at the door of our fans", that the 96 had lost their lives.