Radio Leeds remembers Bradford City fire
Former Emmerdale actor James Thornton is hosting a special programme by BBC Radio Leeds remembering the Bradford City fire.
The show will also be broadcast on BBC 5 live this weekend, looking back at the tragedy which happened 30 years ago at Valley Parade.
Gareth Jones, BBC Radio Leeds Sports Editor said: “This was a tragedy, the effects of which are still felt 30 years on in Bradford and changed the future of the club, the City and British football as a whole. We felt it was important the story of this sometimes forgotten dreadful event was told on such a landmark anniversary and the victims and affects always remembered.”
James Thornton, who is a life-long Bradford City supporter, presents ‘Valley Parade: The Bradford City Fire Remembered’ – a one hour special on Sunday May 10th which will be broadcast on BBC Radio Leeds at 12pm and then on BBC Radio 5 live at 8pm.
During the 60 minute special, James takes listeners through the stories of the players, fans, victims and medics.
Richard Maddock, Commissioning Editor of BBC Radio 5 live, added: “The programme made by BBC Radio Leeds is a fitting tribute to those whose lives were lost in the fire and includes some heartfelt accounts from key figures such as Bradford City captain of the day Peter Jackson, Club legend and player that day John Hendrie; and Lord Popplewell who oversaw the inquiry. ‘Valley Parade: The Bradford City Fire Remembered’ is not just about reflecting on the 30th anniversary but also explores how the fire changed the future of Bradford and football stadia across the country.”
On the day itself, Monday 11 May, BBC Radio Leeds & Lincolnshire will be hosting a simulcast show – broadcasting the remembrance service live from Bradford’s centenary square.