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Leaders and community members to come together to mark the 37th anniversary of the Bradford City fire

Many will come together on Wednesday to mark the 37th anniversary of the Bradford City AFC fire disaster at Valley Parade.

The service, which is attended by the relatives and friends of those who lost their lives or were injured, as well as local people, will take place at the Bradford City Fire Memorial sculpture in Centenary Square.  It will start today at 11am and will remember the 56 people who died in the disaster in 1985.

The service will start at 11am with the City Hall clock bells playing ‘Abide with Me’ and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ to mark the start of the Act of Commemoration. The service will be conducted by Rev Canon Paul Maybury, Acting Dean at Bradford Cathedral, assisted by Pastor Oliver Evans, Chaplain to Bradford City AFC.  A blessing will be given by the Right Reverend Toby Howarth, Bishop of Bradford.

Lord-Lieutenant Mr. Ed Anderson, CBE will lay a wreath on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen followed by the Lord Mayor of Bradford Cllr Shabir Hussain on behalf of the City and District.  Wreaths will also be laid by the Mayor of Lincoln, a Bradford City AFC representative, Prof. Ajay Mahajan on behalf of the Burns Research Unit, bereaved families and the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service.  Once these wreaths have been laid, others who wish to lay their own wreaths or floral tributes are welcome to do so.

Bradford City were playing Lincoln City in their last home match of the season when the disaster claimed the lives of 54 Bradford City supporters and two travelling Lincoln supporters, injuring hundreds more.

Lord Mayor of Bradford Cllr Shabir Hussain said:  “It is important to the City and district that we take time to remember those who were affected and those who continue to be affected by the tragic events on 11th May 1985.  This year will be even more poignant as we can come together in person to remember and I hope people will come to Centenary Square and pay their respects.”

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