Final Hillsborough memorial service cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic

The final Hillsborough memorial service, which was due to take place at Anfield on Wednesday, has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Hillsborough Family Support Group was due to hold its last service on the 31st anniversary of years the disaster at Liverpool’s FA Cup semi-final in 1989.

But the service – in memory of the 96 supporters who died in the match against Nottingham Forest – has been postponed due to coronavirus.

Players and staff will hold a minute’s silence and flags will be flown at half-mast.

31 years ago today, 96 children, women and men lost their lives at Hillsborough.Our thoughts are with all those affected by the tragedy and the 96 fans who will never be forgotten.

Posted by Liverpool FC on Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Margaret Aspinall, chairwoman of the group, said the service was due to be the last of its type as the families would remember their loved ones “in their own way” on future anniversaries.

She said: “In light of recent events, a decision was made collectively by the families to postpone our final memorial service at Anfield.

“We wish to keep as many people safe as possible and we believe this is the right approach.

“On behalf of the HFSG, I would like to thank everyone for their understanding in this matter.”

Fans commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster before a Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpoo
Fans commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster before a Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool (Peter Byrne/PA)

Fresh inquests held in 2016 found the 96 men, women and children were unlawfully killed and found that blunders by South Yorkshire’s police and ambulance services “caused or contributed to” their deaths, and exonerated Liverpool fans of wrongdoing.

It was announced in February that the families of the victims had decided to hold a last service after former police match commander David Duckenfield was cleared of gross negligence manslaughter following a retrial in November.

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