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8 May 2015

Club News


8 May 2015

The football club and the city of Bradford as a whole will come together this Monday (11 May 2015) to remember those who perished in the Valley Parade Fire Disaster 30 years ago during the now-annual service of remembrance.

Bradford fans will be joined by City players and staff past and present on Monday morning as Bradford's Centenary Square comes to a standstill from 11.00am to allow those gathered to pay their respects, pause and reflect on the tragic events of 30 years ago.

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 part of the commemoration, the bells of the City Hall clock will toll once for each person who lost their life in the tragedy. The names of each one of the 56 supporters will also be read out.

Reading out the names will be Bantams boss Phil Parkinson, City skipper Stephen Darby, John Helm, who commentated on the match 30 years ago and Shaun Harvey, the chief executive of The Football League and former City chief executive.

There will be a minute's silence which will be followed by 'You'll Never Walk Alone' played by The City of Bradford Brass Band and sung by Opera North soprano, Victoria Sharp.

Monday's service will also include prayers and the laying of wreaths. The Lord Mayor of Bradford 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 the Oberbürgermeister of Hamm - the German city twinned with Bradford - will also lay wreaths by the memorial sculpture. 

Once these wreaths have been laid, other supporters gathered by the memorial sculpture will be welcome to put down their own floral tribute should they wish to do so.

Following the laying of floral tributes, The City of Bradford Brass Band will accompany the singing of 'Abide with Me'.

On top of the annual service of remembrance in Centenary Square, there will also be a brief memorial held at the Coral Windows Stadium on the Monday afternoon.

Led by Rev Andy Grieff, the short service will be held at approximately 3:00pm outside the Valley Parade fire memorial, which is situated just to the right hand side of the main entrance to the JCT600 Main Stand.

The 1911 Club will be open after this service for any supporters who wish to have tea or coffee.

City fans are also invited throughout this week and on Monday itself to leave floral and/or other tributes by the fire memorial. 

The JCT600 Main Stand will be open between 12noon and 5:00pm on Monday to allow supporters some time to pause and reflect within the stadium.

Although parts of the stadium will be open tp supporters during the day, all club services - administration offices, reception, ticket office - will be closed throughout Monday.

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