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11 May 2016

Club News


11 May 2016

Today (Wednesday 11 May 2016) the football club, the City of Bradford and the wider community paused to remember those who perished in the Valley Parade Fire Disaster 31 years ago during the annual service of remembrance.

Hundreds of fans joined City players and staff past and present this Wednesday morning as Bradford's Centenary Square came to a standstill at 11.00am to allow those gathered to pay their respects, pause and reflect on the tragic events of 31 years ago.

The City Hall flag flew at half-mast as a gathering of civic dignitaries and the public joined together at the memorial sculpture in the square.

The 25-minute service included the reading of prayers and addresses to the crowd by Club Chaplain Reverend Andy Grieff, Lord Mayor's chaplain Reverend Canon Paul Bilton and the Very Reverend Jerry Lepine, Dean of Bradford.

The moving service also included renditions of 'Abide with Me' and 'You'll Never Walk Alone', plus a minute's silence for the victims of the tragedy.

In keeping with tradition, wreaths were laid by the memorial sculpture as well.

Families of the victims, The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Joanne Dodds, Bradford City joint-chairman Mark Lawn and members of the West Yorkshire Police and Fire Service were among those to lay wreaths.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Lincoln represented the city of Lincoln during the service.

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.

City fans are invited throughout today 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 Stand will also be open until 5:00pm today to give supporters the opportunity for some quiet reflection on this day of remembrance.

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