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Hillsborough: Fans vow they'll never walk alone Crowds at Anfield Stadium to remember the victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Left: a supporter cries at the event. Christopher Furlong

Thousands of people have joined together at an emotional memorial service to mark the 24th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rodgers, chief executive Ian Ayre and all the club's players and staff joined the families of the 96 victims, the survivors and supporters for the event at Anfield Stadium yesterday.

The annual service was the first held since the report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel laid bare a shocking cover-up, which attempted to shift the blame for the tragedy on to its victims. The Liverpool supporters died in a crush at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium on April 15, 1989.

The crowd cheered as Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, made an emotional speech calling for justice for the 96.

Mrs Aspinall said: "So the truth has finally been revealed and now justice must follow. Delays are not acceptable."

Irish Independent