City of Bradford Condemns Vandals Who Defaced Valley Parade Fire Disaster Memorial Yorkshire News

The statue, located next to Town Hall in Centenary Square, Bradford, which commemorates the 56 victims of the 1985 tragedy, was desecrated by vandals last week.

Club chief executive Ryan Sparks said: “We are disgusted and deeply saddened to see the damage done to the monument in City Park.

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“The memorial means a lot to so many people and is close to the heart of our football club. We hope that action will be taken against those responsible.

MEMORIAL: The City of Bradford has strongly condemned the defacement of the monument commemorating the Valley Parade fire disaster. Image: Bradford City AFC.

“We will offer our support to the local authorities in rectifying the memorial, and we certainly hope that this will be possible before the 37th anniversary of the disaster next week.

“We ask anyone with information to come forward and help West Yorkshire Police bring the culprits to justice for this disgraceful act.”

Next week, the City of Bradford will hold a memorial service on Wednesday, May 11, marking the 37th anniversary of the Valley Parade Fire disaster.

Taking place in Centenary Square, Bradford, next to the Bradford City Fire Memorial, the service will be the first in-person since 2019 after the last two events were held online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Beginning at 11 am, the service will be attended by family and friends of the 56 people who lost their lives in 1985, as well as club and council officials and members of the public.

Bradford has urged anyone who may have knowledge of the monument’s defacement to contact police on 101 or use the live chat feature at

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This notice was published: 2022-05-02 17:55:24

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