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11 May 2014

The football club will pause this Sunday (11 May 2014) to remember those who perished in the Valley Parade Fire Disaster 29 years ago during the now-annual service of remembrance.

Bradford fans will be joined by City players and staff past and present on Sunday morning as Bradford's Centenary Square comes to a standstill for one minute at 11.00am to allow those gathered to pay their respects, pause and reflect on the tragic events of 29 years ago.

Bradford City chaplain, the Rev Andy Grieff, will lead the service of remembrance by the memorial sculpture, while the City Hall flag will fly at half-mast as a gathering of civic dignitaries and the public join together in the square.

On May 11, 1985, tragedy struck when Bradford City played Lincoln City. Shortly before half-time a blaze engulfed the main stand. 54 Bradford supporters lost their lives along with 2 fans of Lincoln on that horrific day.

As well as a minute's silence, Sunday's service will include prayers and the laying of wreaths. The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Khadim Hussain, will lay a wreath on behalf of the city and district.

The Mayor of Lincoln, club representatives from Bradford City, family members of the supporters lost in the tragedy, officers from the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, plus directors and players from Bradford Bulls, will also lay wreaths by the memorial sculpture. 

City fans are invited throughout this week and on Sunday itself to leave floral and/or other tributes by the Valley Parade fire memorial, which is situated just to the right hand side of the main entrance to the JCT600 Main Stand.

The JCT600 Main Stand will be open after the service until 1:00pm to allow supporters some time to pause and reflect within the stadium.

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