A TWO-minute silence will be observed at 3.06pm on Wednesday in memory of the 96 people who lost their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy. Wednesday will be a historic day in the fight for justice as thousands of documents on the disaster will be disclosed, and the Independent Hillsborough Panel will release its report. The silence will start at 3.06pm, and the bells at Liverpool Town Hall, Municipal Buildings on Dale Street and Liverpool Parish Church will ring out 96 times. Flags at council buildings will be flown at half mast. National Museums Liverpool will also be observing the silence. Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said: 'On 12 September we are hoping to get the truth of what happened more than 23 years ago. 'The importance of this day cannot be underestimated, as it will trigger the start of a process which will lead to justice for everyone affected by the tragedy. 'I am asking for people to pause for just a couple of minutes at 3:06pm, at the moment when people lost their lives, as a mark of respect to those affected.' There will also be a civic vigil at St George's Plateau on Wednesday for people to come together to support the Hillsborough families. People will start to arrive from 5pm for a period of quiet reflection accompanied by music from Jonathan Aasgaard, Principal 'Cellist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and a brass band. There will also be a performance of a specially commissioned musical work. The slow air 'April 15th 1989' has been written and will be performed by Terry Clarke-Coyne, a leading member of the eminent Liverpool Irish musical family. It is Terry's reflection on the tragedy, and the dignity of the families of those who lost their lives and everyone who suffered because of what happened that day. The formal proceedings for the vigil start at 6pm and will be led by Mayor Anderson accompanied by members of Liverpool FC academy. There will be prayers from faith leaders including the Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool -the Right Reverend Tom Williams, the Archdeacon of Liverpool -the Venerable Ricky Panter and Reverend Bill Bygroves, the Chaplain of Liverpool FC. Representatives of the families will also address the audience. The names and ages of those who died will be read by representatives of Liverpool FC. Music during the vigil will be provided by the Love & Joy Gospel Choir and Alan Burke, Ian Prowse and Terry Clarke-Coyne -all members of the Irish Sea Sessions -will perform a version of Pete Wylie's song 'Heart As Big As Liverpool,' with Mersey Wylie, Pete's daughter, among the backing singers. The proceedings will conclude with the singing of You'll Never Walk Alone. The event is expected to finish at around 7pm.
Lime Street and St John's Lane will be closed from 4pm to road traffic.