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Hundreds gather for Bradford City fire memorial service

Hundreds of people have gathered in Bradford for a memorial service to mark the 31st anniversary of the Bradford City fire disaster.

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Fifty-six fans died and hundreds were injured at Valley Parade in 1985.

Hundreds of people remembered those who lost their lives today, and there was applause when the families of those who perished laid wreaths as part of the memorial service.

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Credit: Jon Hill / ITV News

Bradford City were playing Lincoln City in their last home match of the season in 1985 when the fire ripped through the ground killing 54 Bradford City fans, two Lincoln City fans and injuring many more.

Memorial service to mark 31st anniversary of Bradford City fire disaster

A memorial service will take place today to mark 31 years since the Bradford City football stadium fire.

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Fifty-six fans died and hundreds were injured at Valley Parade in 1985.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Joanne Dodds, will attend the memorial service in Centenary Square this morning. The Mayor and Mayoress of Lincoln, will represent the city of Lincoln at the event.

Bradford City were playing Lincoln City in their last home match of the season in 1985 when the fire ripped through the ground killing 54 Bradford City fans, two Lincoln City fans and injuring many more.

The service which starts at 11am will be conducted by the chaplain to Bradford City AFC, the Reverend Andy Grieff and the Lord Mayor's chaplain Reverend Canon Paul Bilton and supported by the Very Reverend Jerry Lepine, Dean of Bradford.

There will be prayers and a reading from the Bible before the act of remembrance which will include a minute's silence.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford will lead a wreath laying ceremony by laying a wreath on behalf of the city and the district. Wreaths will also be laid by the Mayor of Lincoln, a representative for Bradford City AFC, 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.

"It is extremely important to the city that we take time each year to remember those who were affected and continue to be affected by the tragic events of 11 May 1985."

– Coun Joanne Dodds, The Lord Mayor of Bradford

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Football Association looking into claims of 'ISIS chants' at Bramall Lane

The Football Association says it is looking into claims of alleged racist chanting from Sheffield United fans towards Bradford City fans during their League One match at Bramall Lane on Monday.

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A few hundred Sheffield United fans near the away terrace allegedly sang 'You’re just a town full of ISIS' towards the 4,000 travelling support from Bradford.

The FA have confirmed that they are aware of the allegations and looking into the matter.

Sheffield United won the match 3-1.

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