Reds create scarf scheme to unify fans

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Hillsborough memorial tributes at Anfield's Shankly gates. Pic by JMU Journalism

Hillsborough memorial tributes at Anfield’s Shankly gates. Pic by JMU Journalism

Liverpool have launched a campaign to bring together fans from around the world to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

The club are asking fans of any team to donate a scarf which will then be laid out on the pitch on the day of the annual memorial service, which falls on Tuesday, 15th April, in the shape of the number ’96’.

All scarves are welcome from any team or sport and the club would like those donating scarves to write a personal message to the families of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group said: “The annual memorial service in memory of the 96 is always a moving occasion for the families and survivors.

“We already receive so much support from people worldwide, but if we could create what would be a fantastic symbol of unity on the pitch from donated scarves from across the world, this would be a truly moving way of bringing the world together for the 25th anniversary of Hillsborough.”

Ex-Liverpool manager and player Kenny Dalglish has written to all the English league clubs and the English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish national teams to ask them to support them by sending a scarf.

Once the service is over the Liverpool FC Foundation, the club’s charity, will donate all the scarves to good causes, including local homeless charities.

All donated scarves should be sent to: Hillsborough Scarves, 20 Chapel Street, Liverpool, L3 9AG – and should arrive by Tuesday, 8th April to be guaranteed to be included in the pitch display during the memorial service.

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