Gareth Jones

The voice of West Yorkshire Sport

Bradford City Fire Tribute Documentary

05th November 2015

In the year of the 30th anniversary of the Bradford City Fire Gareth has produced a special documentary about the tragedy.

"Valley Parade - The Bradford City Fire Remembered" is produced jointly by Gareth and colleague Tim Daly and aired on both BBC Radio 5Live and BBC Radio Leeds.

The documentary is presented by former Emmerdale actor and Bradford City fan James Thornton and relives that awful day through the stories of the people there that day.

The likes of Bradford captain Peter Jackson; star player John Hendrie; Lord Popplewell, who lead the inquiry into the Fire; policemen; and fans share their memories and discuss how it affected their lives. The documentary also looks into how football and the city of Bradford was changed as a result of the tragedy and how the effects are still felt 30 years on.

Gareth 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 that the story of this sometimes forgotten dreadful event was told on such a landmark anniversary, 

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

"‘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.” 

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