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BBC to air Bradford City fire special

From a press release to news@media.info
Posted 7 May 2015, 1.04pm edt

Steve M Walker
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Former Emmerdale star James Thornton looks back at the tragedy of the Bradford City fire, 30 years after the blaze took hold of Valley Parade.

The actor, 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 on BBC Radio 5 live at 8pm.

James was touched as he heard the real-life accounts from some of the people involved in that fateful day.

“I don’t think anyone will forget what happened at Valley Parade and hopefully the changes that have been made since then will ensure it never happens again.

I narrowly missed out on being at the match that day and listened in horror on the radio as events unfolded. Being involved in the BBC documentary was a moving and emotional experience but one that was important to me to be a part of.”

During the 60 minute special, ‘Valley Parade: The Bradford City Fire Remembered’, James takes listeners through the stories of the players, fans, victims and medics.

Richard Maddock, Commissioning Editor of BBC Radio 5 live, says: “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.

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