An art sculpture to the 96 people who died in the Hillsborough disaster has been unveiled in its new home at Liverpool John Lennon airport.

The Band of Life – commissioned by Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson in conjunction with the Hillsborough Family Support Group to mark the 25th anniversary of the disaster in 2014 – has been relocated from the atrium in the Liverpool Echo building where it has been for the last three years.

It was officially unveiled in its new home at the airport yesterday.

Mayor Anderson said: “The Band of Life’s new home at Liverpool John Lennon airport will mean it will be seen by millions of people every year, which is really important as we are committed to forever remembering the 96 lives that were lost.

“It will give people the opportunity to reflect not just on those who died, but also the incredible bravery of their families.”

Hillsborough Family Support Group chair Margaret Aspinall said: “The Band of Life is hugely symbolic, not just to those who died and the families who’ve lost loved ones, but also the survivors and those who’ve supported us for so many years.

“I’ve wanted it to go somewhere that it would be seen by many, many people and Liverpool John Lennon airport is an excellent location given the large number of people who pass through their doors every year.”

Airport chairman Robert Hough added: “When we heard that a new home was being sought for the Band of Life, we were naturally only too happy to offer space for this to be relocated close to the arrivals area in the airport terminal building.

“This will help to ensure that the millions of arriving passengers at the airport, be they visitors to the city region or those returning home, will continue to remember the 96 lives that were lost.”

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