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Listen: Radio commentary reveals horror of Bradford fire

It's 30 years today since 56 people died, when a fire ripped through a football stadium as Lincoln City played Bradford City at their Valley Parade ground.

Today, a memorial service is being held to remember the victims of the 1985 disaster, with Lincoln's mayor and some councillors travelling to Yorkshire to represent the city.

Two Lincoln fans - Bill Stacey and Jim West - lost their lives. Tony Delahunty was commentating on the match 30 years ago - this extract reveals how the horror unfolded.

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Lincoln skyline evolving as Bomber Command spire erected

The huge 31-metre spire is being erected today in memory of those who lost their lives serving with bomber command.

A crane was used to lift the massive structure into place on Canwick Hill.

The site was chosen for its dramatic views of Lincoln Cathedral - a key landmark used by airmen in the Second World War.

The spire will be the focal point of a larger memorial, that will also house an education centre.

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Going up: Lincoln's Bomber Command Memorial Spire

Police escort for the spire Credit: Kate Hemingway

The huge task of erecting Lincoln's Memorial Spire - to honour the thousands of aircrew who served with Bomber Command and didn't come home - is underway.

The 31-meter spire is the first significant and visible development in the building of the new International Bomber Command Centre in Canwick Hill. It arrived on site early this morning on the back of two low loaders with a full police escort - and waved on its way by the people of Lincoln.

Spire will stand 31 meters tall Credit: kate Hemingway

The Memorial Spire's design is based on two wing fragments, tapering as they rise towards the sky and echoes the Spires that form part of Lincolnshire's skyline. The height of the memorial is 102ft (31.09m), which is the wingspan of the Avro Lancaster; the width at the base is 16ft (5m), which is the overall width of a Lancaster wing. It will take the engineers approximately six hours to erect the Spire. The following weeks will be spent carrying out site welding and finessing, with the Spire due to be completed in late May.

Once finished, it will also be surrounded by memorial walls in a peace garden - which will bear the names of more than 55 thousand men who lost their lives in Bomber Command

Arriving on site

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