A MINUTE’S silence will be held throughout Liverpool to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy.

The silence will be observed today, Friday, April 15, at 3.06pm, the exact time at which the fateful match was stopped, in remembrance of the 96 people who lost their lives 27 years ago.

Twelve of those who died were from Wirral and Ellesmere Port.

They were Peter Burkett, Raymond Chapman, Anthony Kelly, James Delaney, Christopher Edwards, Arthur Horrocks, Kevin Traynor, Chris Traynor, James Hennessy, Graham Roberts, Dave Thomas and Thomas "Steve" Fox.

Wirral Council will lower flags to half-mast on civic buildings and a minute's silence will be observed at Wallasey Town Hall.

Barriers will be lowered at the Mersey Tunnels for one minute and the Mersey Ferry will sound its horn.

Bells at Liverpool Town Hall, Municipal Building and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral will be rung 96 times.

Exchange Flags, behind the town hall, will be a place where people can gather to show their respects.

The Lime Street media wall, the Forever 21 screen and the M62 digital screens will display the words "Never Forgotten" in a visual tribute to the 96.

Public transport has been encouraged to come to a halt for one minute at 3.06pm.

Other organisations also taking part in the silence include all National Museums Liverpool venues and the Anglican Cathedral, where prayers will be read prior to the silence.

The Museum of Liverpool will display the number "96" in three-metre-high red figures near the front entrance.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “We will never forget those who died at Hillsborough and this is a day for us to unite as a city and remember each one and also their families and friends left behind.

“I urge everyone in Liverpool - and across the region - to observe the minute’s silence as a mark of respect for the 96 who lost their lives.”

The Lord Mayor, Cllr Tony Concepcion, said: “Hillsborough was a tragedy which must never be forgotten and it is appropriate that the city marks the anniversary in this way.

“I urge everyone in Liverpool, and across the region, to observe the minute’s silence as a mark of respect for the 96 who lost their lives.”

"I would encourage everybody to join in the minute’s silence.”

The 2016 memorial service at Anfield will be the last.

The Hillsborough Family Support Group unanimously agreed in January that the service would take place for the final time this year.

You can read pen portraits of the 12 Wirral and Ellesmere Port people who lost their lives here