Leeds United fans raise funds in memory of fire disaster victims

A wreath is laid at a commemoration ceremony in Centenary Square, Bradford, marking the 29th anniversary of the fire disaster.
A wreath is laid at a commemoration ceremony in Centenary Square, Bradford, marking the 29th anniversary of the fire disaster.
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Leeds United fans are putting sporting rivalries to one side by staging a major fundraising event to mark the 30th anniversary of the Bradford City fire disaster.

Organisers hope next month’s event will raise at least £10,000, with the proceeds being divided equally between Bradford Burns Unit and Leeds Children’s Hospital.

The fundraiser will take place from 2pm until late on Sunday, May 3, at Field Sports and Social Club in Lidget Green, Bradford.

It is being organised by members of the Bradford branch of the Leeds United Supporters’ Club with the backing of City fans.

The day will include a junior football match, penalty shootout and a charity auction featuring lots from clubs such as Arsenal and Rangers.

Balloons will be released in memory of the 56 victims of the Bradford fire on May 11, 1985, as well as 15-year-old fan Ian Hambridge, who died on the same day during violence at a game between Leeds and Birmingham City.

One of the organisers of the fundraiser, 48-year-old United supporter Danny Priestley, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The response we have already had has been amazing.

“Now we’re hoping as many people as possible will turn out for the event itself.”

Terry Yorath, Bradford’s assistant manager at the time of the disaster, is due to attend along with John Hendrie, who was in City’s side on the day.

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Early Morning Light on Harold Park with Swans in the foreground

The park is named after Harold Gathorn Hardy who died in 1881 at the age of 32. Harold helped establish the family run Low Moor Ironworks.In 1899 a recreation ground was added to the park, while in the early 20th century Low Moor Gala was held raising money for local hospitals. In 1931 Horsfall playing fields were added to the park, in 2014 these became a Queen Elizabeth II Playing fields and also contains Horsfall Stadium.

Harold Park is a small urban park in Low Moor, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. The park is open all day all year round. To the immediate north of Harold Park is Horsfall Stadium home to Bradford Park Avenue A.F.C. and Albion Sports A.F.C. Park Dam is a short walking distance to the south.

The park has been given a Green Flag Award and the Platinum award from The Royal Horticultural Society Yorkshire in Bloom for open spaces.

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