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Details confirmed for club's annual Service of Remembrance

26 April 2016

Information and details regarding Wanderers' annual event to remember those lost over the course of the season

Bolton Wanderers’ annual Service of Remembrance will take place at Macron Stadium on Tuesday 17 May at 6.30pm. 

Ahead of the service itself, all present will gather around the Nat Lofthouse statue where a new bronze plaque will be unveiled that lists the names of the 33 that lost their lives at the Burnden Park Disaster.

This will be a permanent memorial to those who tragically died on March 9, 1946 whilst attending a football game while all at Bolton Wanderers would like to thank the Bolton Wanderers Development Association and the new Supporters’ Trust for funding it.

Following the dedication of the plaque, the service will then continue in the Platinum Suite for the main event which will feature a monologue written by Martin Thomasson, directed by Alex Tole and performed by a professional actor. 

The piece, entitled ‘Look After Your Brother’, will take those in attendance back to March 9, 1946 and retell a personal account of that fateful day. 

The author Martin has been a Bolton Wanderers fan all his life and was the co-author (with Les Smith) of successful and acclaimed play ‘And Did Those Feet’ performed at the Octagon in Bolton that tracked the lives of two families in the build up to the 1923 FA Cup Final, the first to be held at the newly built Wembley Stadium.

He is now taking on another part of Bolton Wanderers’ significant history as the club remembers the Burnden Park Disaster, while thanks go to Bolton University for assisting in the funding of this project.

Later in the service, the names of the 33 will be read out in an act of remembrance along with the names of loved ones that have been inscribed in the Memorial Book or engraved on a memorial stone during the past year.

All the names of loved ones to be remembered from previous years will be displayed in the big screen while within the service, people will be invited to come forward and light candles in memory of their family and friends no longer with us. 

Music for the evening meanhwhile will be provided by musicians from the band of the 103 Regiment Royal Artillery. This will be one very special and moving night as in this 70th anniversary year of the Burnden Park Disaster, we conclude our season of remembrance. 

There are no tickets required and entrance is free while the evening will conclude with light refreshments. 

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