BRADFORD has so much to be proud of from its history, with many things it can boost and brag about that it gave to the world.

Here is just a selection of five more of them, why not write your own in the comments section below.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The St Blaise statue at the Wool Exchange The St Blaise statue at the Wool Exchange

Wool City

Bradford rose to prominence in the 19th century as a world leader in textile manufacturing, particularly wool.

It soon became dubbed as the 'wool capital of the world'. It also had a large number of working mills, including Drummonds Mill and Manningham Mill.

But the industry has declined over recent decades, with many of the city's former mills being converted into office spaces or flats.

Free school meals

Bradford was at the forefront of moves to improve health of children through the education system at the start of the 20th century.

Free school meals and medical checks were introduced in the city (prior to Government legislation) and later nationwide by the Liberal Government.

With Bradford's school medical officer, James Kerr, Margaret McMillan carried out the first medical inspection of elementary school children in Britain.

They published a report and began a campaign for local authorities to install bathrooms, improve ventilation and supply free school meals for children, after seeing the success of Bradford Cinderella Club providing a warm meal to underprivileged children.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bradford's last trolleybus arrives in Thornbury on March 26, 1972Bradford's last trolleybus arrives in Thornbury on March 26, 1972


Bradford became the first city to run trolleybuses when it introduced a service in the region on the Laisterdyke to Dudley Hill on June 20, 1911.

Trams, which ran on tracks, had been popular for some time previously, but the trolleybus had the advantage of running on pneumatic tyres and were much more comfortable.

The Bradford 758 double deck vehicle was the first to use flashing indicators in 1952.

It was the last rear-entrance, open platform trolleybus to operate, not only in Bradford, but also the UK before it was taken out of service in July 1971.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bradford City's FA Cup final hero Jimmy Speirs Bradford City's FA Cup final hero Jimmy Speirs

City's FA Cup-winning war hero

The man who scored an FA Cup final-winning goal for Bradford City was also a war hero.

Former Bantams captain James Hamilton Speirs, known as Jimmy, scored the winning goal in the 1911 FA Cup final replay at Old Trafford against Newcastle United, following a goalless draw at Crystal Palace.

His military medal for bravery was awarded for his actions on July 5, 1916 at the Battle of the Somme when, under heavy fire, he bravely crossed no-man’s land with two of his men to destroy an enemy machine gun.

Married and with two young children, Mr Spiers enlisted with the Cameroon Highlanders in 1915. In August 1917 he was wounded and recorded as missing in action. His body was found in October 1919 and several of the items found on him were returned to his family.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Representatives from the Bradford Burns Unit receive a fundraising cheque at Valley Parade in 2017Representatives from the Bradford Burns Unit receive a fundraising cheque at Valley Parade in 2017

Bradford Burns Unit

The University of Bradford's Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit (PSBRU) was set up by Professor David Sharpe after the Bradford City Fire Disaster at Valley Parade on May 11, 1985, which cost 56 lives and left about 265 more injured.

Its work continues today, led by Professor Ajay Mahajan, Consultant Plastic Surgeon and director of the burns unit.

People across the district and the world continue to raise funds for the unit. For instance, in 2015, the Premier League donated £25,000 to the Burns Unit’s fundraising appeal that was started last year to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fire.