Bradford fire memorial remind us safety must come before sport: The Yorkshire Post says

The annual memorial service in Bradford for the victims of the worst fire disaster in English football history is always a poignant occasion, but the circumstances around this year’s event on the 35th anniversary gave it a particular resonance.

Mourners were prevented from gathering as usual owing to the coronavirus pandemic but an online service instead provided a chance to remember the 56 victims who died when Valley Parade’s main stand caught fire during a match between Bradford City and Lincoln City on May 11, 1985.

As Bishop of Bradford Toby Howarth rightly pointed out, the parallels to the current national situation offer some hope in the darkness through the memory of the countless acts of bravery, care and compassion on that day.

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With debate raging over the potential return of football matches, it is also a reminder of the importance of the beautiful game to communities - but equally that sport must always be secondary to safety.

35th Anniversary of the Bradford City Fire Disaster, Valley Parade, Bradford. Picture by Simon Hulme

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35th Anniversary of the Bradford City Fire Disaster, Valley Parade, Bradford. Members of the fire service lay a wreath at the memorial. Picture by Simon Hulme

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35th Anniversary of the Bradford City Fire Disaster, Valley Parade, Bradford. Picture by Simon Hulme