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Bradford fire victims remembered

Hundreds of people have gathered to mark the 29th anniversary of the deaths of 56 footballs fans in the Bradford City fire.

Players from the current City team were joined by fans and civ ic dignitaries in Bradford's Centenary Square for a minute's silence and a service to remember the horrific events of May 11, 1985.

Fire engulfed the wooden main stand at Bradford City's Valley Parade ground shortly before half-time as the home team played Lincoln City. Fifty-four City supporters lost their lives along with two Lincoln fans.

More than 200 people were taken to hospital.

Crowds gathered today around the memorial sculpture in the square and the City Hall bells played Abide With Me and You'll Never Walk Alone.

Bradford City chaplain the Rev Andy Grieff led the service, which included the laying of a number of wreaths around the memorial. Fans also left flowers at a memorial at the stadium.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Khadim Hussain, laid a wreath on behalf of the city and district.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter said on Twitter: " My thoughts this morning are with those who lost loved ones in Bradford 29 years ago today."

Bradford East Lib Dem MP David Ward tweeted: "Great turnout from Bradford public for City fire memorial event - always deeply moving event."


From Belfast Telegraph