ROYAL visits, centenaries, world sporting domination - Bradford has seen it all during its 123-year history.

Here are just a few of Bradford's proudest moments.

If you have any more of your own then drop them in the comments section below.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:


Bradford beat off stiff competition from Los Angeles, Cannes and Venice to be named the world's first UNESCO City of Film in June 2009.

This permanent title gives the city international recognition as a world centre for film because of the city’s rich film heritage and its inspirational movie locations a

Speaking at Bradford City of Film's 10th anniversary event, chairman Steve Abbott said: "I can tell you that, internationally, Bradford is held in very high esteem and is considered the one to emulate, among the other 12 Cities of Film across the world. These include Sydney, Rome and now Qingdao which is the Hollywood of China.

"This title belongs to the city - I want the people of Bradford to own this."

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The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, helped Bradford celebrate its centenary on Maunday Thursday, March 27, 1997.

It was the Queen's first visit to Bradford in 23 years and would mark the centenary of Bradford’s royal charter as a city in 1897.

During their visit, the royal couple walked the short distance to unveil a plaque in the new Centenary Square and paid their respects at the Bradford City fire memorial.

They were also driven to Valley Parade to open the club’s new £1.5million Ciba stand along Midland Road.

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Bradford City secured their Premier League place with a win at Wolves on May 9, 1999, their first spell in the top flight for 77 years.

The team of Peter Beagrie, Stuart McCall and Lee Mills guided the Bantams to the promised land after a 3-2 victory at Molineux in front of 3,000 travelling fans.

Paul Jewell's side are still remembered fondly by City fans today and they would go on to spend two years in the Premier League.


Arguably Bradford Bulls' proudest moment came in Huddersfield on Friday, February 1, 2002.

This was the night Bulls overcame Australian side Newcastle Knights to be crowned World Club Challenge winners.

Michael Withers and Robbie Paul scored two tries apiece in a 41-26 win for Brian Noble's side, who went on to win the same competition in 2004 and 2006.

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One of Bradford's own, Sir Ken Morrison, was given the Freedom of the City of Bradford in 2010.

Sir Ken took the cheese stall started in 1899 by his father William and mother Hilda and turned it into one of the country's biggest supermarkets.

He received his knighthood for services to the retail trade, during his 55 years with the firm, and would later be named as its honorary president.

He died following a short illness in 2017 aged 85.

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In happier times this year, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to Bradford in January.

The royal couple visited City Hall, My Lahore restaurant and the Khidmat Centre during their stay in the city, drawing crowds wherever they went.