At 3.40pm on Tuesday, May 11, a tenor bell will toll over the city.

Bradford Cathedral’s tolling bell will commemorate the outbreak of the fire at Bradford City’s Valley Parade ground 25 years ago, when 56 people died and many more were injured.

Other bells will sound before that evening’s memorial service at the Cathedral, which starts at 7.30pm and will be attended by the Lord Mayors of Bradford and Hamm, Bradford City players, management and other invited guests.

The Dean, the very Reverend David Ison, will lead the service, which has been arranged in collaboration with Bradford City, to complement that morning’s big public event in Centenary Square.

The service includes the lighting of 57 candles, one for each person who died and one for all those injured in body or mind that Third Division Champion-ship-winning May afternoon, when triumph turned into disaster.

David Markham, the retired T&A Bradford City reporter, who was at the match against Lincoln City with his two sons, will talk about his personal experience of the day and the aftermath of the city on the wider community.

Ben Miranda, from Bradford University’s Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit, will speak about the achievements and aspirations of the unit which, officially on the day, becomes part of the university’s new Centre for Skin Sciences.

The Cathedral will be open from 8.30am until 5.30pm – with a lighted candle under the fire memorial plaque in the North Transept – for anyone wishing to spend a quiet time in prayer and reflection.