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10 May 2016

The Club and the City of Bradford will join together on Wednesday (11 May 2016) to remember those who perished in the Valley Parade Fire Disaster 31 years ago during the now-annual service of remembrance.

Hundreds of fans are expect to join City players and staff members past and present on Wednesday morning as Bradford's Centenary Square comes 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 will fly at half-mast as a gathering of civic dignitaries and the public join together at the memorial sculpture in the square.

The service will include the reading of prayers, a rendition of 'Abide with Me', and a minute's silence for the victims of the tragedy.

In keeping with tradition, wreaths will also be left by the memorial sculpture as well. 

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 the day on Wednesday 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 stand itself will be open from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Wednesday to give supporters the opportunity for some quiet reflection. 

The club's ticket office will be closed on Wednesday morning until 12noon to allow staff to pay their respects.

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