Official Events (2016)

Wednesday May 11th 31st Anniversary of the Bradford City Fire Disaster
11.00 am Service of Commemoration, Centenary Square, Bradford

Sunday May 8th 12.30 pm. Bradford City vs. Chesterfield
Minute’s silence at Valley Parade. Bucket Collection on behalf of PSBRU

Forthcoming Memorial Activities and Fundraising Events

Sunday, April 17th, 2016 (please note new date)

Bradford Charity Food and Drink Festival, Banqueting Suite, Valley Parade

The event will feature stalls from a wide variety of suppliers, cookery demonstrations and family entertainment.

Thursday May 5 to Saturday May 7 2016, 7.45 pm

Three performances of the acclaimed FYSA production of ‘the 56’ at the Alhambra Studio.  Booking details here.

Previous Memorial Activities and Fundraising Events:

Official Events (2015):

May 11th 2015  30th Anniversary of the Bradford City Fire Disaster
11.00 am Service of Commemoration, Centenary Square, Bradford

April 25th 3.00 pm. Bradford City vs. Barnsley
Minute’s silence at Valley Parade. Bucket Collection on behalf of PSBRU

Weekend of April 25th
Minute’s silence at all matches played in the Football League, Premier League, the WSL and the FA Conference from Friday April 24th. to April 27th. inclusive. Statement from Bradford City FC and an appeal for PSBRU in the match-day programmes of all games. County FAs are invited to consider a minute’s silence at all fixtures played over the same weekend.

Easter Weekend April 5th  and 6th
Memorial Football Tournament for young people at Marley Sports Ground, Keighley

Other Events, from February 2015

Feb 10th 2015

Charity Day at the Department of Work and Pensions in Bradford on behalf of the PSBRU

Until May 1st
£2 donation to the PSBRU for each haircut at the Hair@172 Barbershop, Wibsey

April 5th
Bradford Council Triathlon. Fundraising by Joanna Gaffney

Easter Monday, April 6th 3.00 pm
Home game vs. Preston is designated a ‘Cap Tie’, where the special designer caps will be worn with pride. All other cap wearers welcome too. World Record Attempt for most flat caps at one location.

April 18th – 19th
Bucket collections at both the FA Cup Semi-finals at Wembley, conducted jointly by City Supporters Board, the University of Bradford and the West Yorkshire Fire Service

Thursday April 23rd.  7.00-10.00 pm
An Evening with John Hendrie. At the Octagon, Riddlesden. Organised by Bradford City Supporters Trust. Proceeds split equally between PSBRU and other BCST causes.

April 23-25th
Performances of ‘the 56’ by the FYSA Theatre company at the Alhambra Studio, Bradford

April 23-25th
Sponsored walk by John Duckworth, BCFC kit-man, from Bradford City FC to Lincoln City FC, and back again, to arrive at Valley Parade c. 2.00pm on Apr 25th, before kick-off, a total of 162.4 miles.

Friday 24th April 2015(11-3pm) and Saturday 25th April (12-4pm) 

.. and  again on Friday 1st May (11-3pm) and Saturday 2nd May (12-3pm)

Exhibition on the Fire Disaster at the Bradford Police Museum, City Hall, featuring the community response, and those police officers and civilians who received Gallantry Awards for their actions on the day. Admission proceeds to PSBRU.

Saturday Apr 25th

Sponsored walk by Barnsley FC Supporters Trust and West Stand Bogs (fanzine), 23.9 miles from Barnsley to Bradford, arriving at Valley Parade c. 2.00 pm, before kick-off

Publication of the 200th Edition of City Gent, dedicated to the 30th Anniversary Commemoration. £1 per copy to PSBRU.

Bucket collection organised by Crystal Palace ST and Hull City ST at Palace vs, Hull game, Selhurst Park

Sunday April 26th 6.30 for 7.00 pm
Bantamspast Annual Dinner, Bradford Club, Piece Hall Yard

Sunday May 3rd  

2.00 pm. Charity football match at Field Sports and Social Club, Collingwood Drive, Lidget Green, organised by the Bradford branch of the Leeds United Supporters Club

4.00 pm Bucket collection organised by Spurs ST at Tottenham home game vs. Man City, White Hart Lane

Wednesday May 6th
Thornton Grammar School fundraiser to commemorate the two students from the school who lost their lives in the fire, Craig and Ashely (Jane) Stockman. Events include: dress code, City colours / football shirt; bake sale; commemorative items; competitions; penalty shoot out; raffle

Sunday May 10th

‘Valley Parade: The Bradford City Fire Remembered’ – a one hour special  broadcast on BBC Radio Leeds at 12.00 pm and on BBC Radio 5 live at 8.00 pm.

.. Up to Monday May 11th

Non-uniform ‘Claret and Amber’ Day at Bradford Schools

Monday May 11th

56-mile sponsored super-marathon run by James Wood, taking in the grounds of Fleetwood FC, Preston FC and Blackpool FC, beginning at c. 5.00 am.

Bucket collections for PSBRU at all Morrisons’ stores in Bradford

Radio Documentary/coverage of Memorial Service by Pulse Radio, Bradford

9.00-12.00 pm BBC Radio Leeds & Lincolnshire will be hosting a simulcast show – broadcasting the Memorial Service live from Bradford’s Centenary Square.

6.00 pm the ‘Valley Parade: The Bradford City Fire Remembered’ programme will be repeated on BBC Radio

6.00 pm. ITV Callendar covers the Memorial Service

9.30pm TV Documentary by BTSport ‘One Day in May’.  Free to Air on all channels carrying BTSport.

Tuesday May 12th

Unveiling of Memorial Plaque at the Football Museum, Sao Paolo, Brazil. Arranged at the initiative of the British Embassy, Brasilia.

Friday May 15th
Charity dress-down day in aid of PSBRU, Morrisons HQ, Bradford

Farfield Primary & Nursery School are holding a non-uniform day  with a “Wear Claret and Amber” theme and donations being collected for the PSBRU fund.

Saturday May 16th

A Day in May From 1.00 pm Live music and art festival held at Delius Lived Next Door.  Free to members of the public. Mix of live music, acoustic and wired, ranging from Americana, Rock and Swing to Original Roots Ska; bringing together local bands with headliners – Phunk and Disorderly. Proceeds to PSBRU.

Bradford Literature Festival.  City Hall

4.00-5.15 pm  City Gent – 30 years of the Football Fanzine

5.30-6.30 pm  A History of BCAFC in Objects

Sunday May 17th 

Family Fun Day and Football Tournament, Bolton Woods Football Club 07541 631545

.. throughout May

Month-long raffle at Loop Customer Management, Dick Lane, Bradford

Saturday May 23rd and Sunday May 24th

Family Fun Day, Cue Gardens, Odsal. Contact Cue Gardens on 01274 607990 or Beth on 07833233022

Saturday May 30th

‘Magical Mystery Tour’ of Bradford’s forgotten sports’ grounds organised by bantamspast on Cup Final Day, prior to the Final

Friday June 12th
Leeds 10K run. Fundraising by ASDA, Shipley

Friday July 3rd 9.30am – 11.30am

Coffee Morning at Otley Methodist Church

Saturday, July 4th 12.00pm – 5.00 pm

Wrose Carnival: fairground, BBQ, dance shows, dog show, craft stalls and more ..

Friday July 17th 11.20 am – 2.30 pm

Charity Golf Day, Northcliffe Golf Club. £200 per 4-person team. 01274 596731
Or Call Graham D’Arcy 07761748930

Saturday July 18th 

Three Peaks Walk by Eric Aveyard and Royal Mail colleagues

Monday, August 3rd – Tuesday August 4th

Collections at Bradford Interchange and Waterstones, Bradford by the Woodcraft Folk in connection with National Citizen Service

Saturday, August 29th

The Woodman Pub, Manchester Road, Fun Day
Activities Rodeo Bull, Raffles stalls BBQ, Bands, Cakes sale- with PSBRU logo

50% PSBRU; 50% Marie Curie

September 14th

Great North Run. Sponsored run by Jacob Billingsley.

Friday, September 18th

Sponsored Head Shave , Tombola, and various fundraising activities at The Fleece Pub, Allerton

Saturday, September 26th

Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge – Sponsored participation by Dida Chahal

Saturday, October 3rd

Bradford St. James’s Market  Tenants  Association, Dinner & Dance Charity Event, Midland Hotel

10.00 am – 2.00 pm Commemorative Broadcast by Simon Shiek, Radio Ramair, Bradford University

Sunday, October 25th

Bradford City Run. Proceeds to PSBRU. Starts at 9.15 am in City Park.  5K/10K/Half Marathon/Kids Race

Monday, December 7th 

Fox’s Choristers Presentation Evening, Cartwright Hall, 7.30-10.15 pm.  Choir Concert with Brass Band, including  refreshments.

Friday, December 11th 

Bradford University Students’ Union Christmas Fayre (12-5)

Special student offer for club flexicard – usually £50 per season, with this exclusive deal at £25. Half-price admission to all home league games. With Billy Bantam at Student Central (12-5). Raffle of signed items on behalf of PSBRU

Friday, January 29th  2016

Charity Football Game involving UK Asset Resolution (UKAR) team vs.  ACS Business Supplies (Bingley) at Titus Salts School. K.O. 6.30 pm. £2.50 for Adults and £1.00 for Children.


Performances of FYSA Theatre ‘the 56’

13th of March – The Civic, Barnsley – 01226 32700

21st of March – The Cast, Doncaster. – 01302 303959

28th-31st of March – National Student Drama Festival Scarborough

22nd of April – Lincoln Drill Hall, Lincoln. – 01522 873894

23rd – 25th of April – Alhambra, Bradford. – 01274 432000

26th of April – Bread and Roses Theatre, Clapham. – 033366 63366

1st – 3rd of May – Blue Elephant Theatre, Southwark – 02077 010100

23rd of May – The Lowry, Salford. – 0843 208 6000

30th-31st of May – Theatre Deli North Sheffield

12th of  September – United Reform Church, Saltaire (Saltaire Festival)

1st – 7th of October – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Ongoing Appeals and Commemorative Merchandise