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9 May 2017

The Club and the City of Bradford will join together on Thursday (11 May 2017) to remember those who perished in the Valley Parade Fire Disaster 32 years ago during the now-annual service of remembrance.

Hundreds of fans are expected to join City players and staff members past and present on Thursday 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 32 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 Thursday 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 12noon on Thursday to give supporters the opportunity for some quiet reflection. 

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