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Commemorations begin to mark next week's anniversary of the Munich Disaster

Twenty-three people, including eight players of Manchester United football team and three club officials were killed in the crash. Photo: Press Association.

Manchester United and its supporters will begin commemorations to mark next week's anniversary of the Munich Disaster.

Twenty Three people, including 8 Manchester United players, died in the air crash on February 6 1958.

The aircraft carrying players and backroom staff plus a number of journalists, supporters and flight crew, crashed in a blizzard on its third attempt to take off from Munich airport.

United were returning from Belgrade where they had just played Red Star in the European Cup and had stopped off at Munich for re-fuelling.

The memorial clock at Old Trafford. Credit: Press Association

The first of two remembrance ceremonies takes place today at 6.30pm, prior to United's home match against Burnley.

Organisers say the ceremonies, taking place under the Munich Plaque at Old Trafford, will last for 25 minutes and will be a mixture of poems, songs and prayers.

A second service will be Wednesday February 6th at 2:40pm - coinciding with the 61st anniversary of the disaster.