Permanent Burnden Park Disaster memorial plaque now in place

Confirmation of arrival of special bronze plaque created to remember the 33 fans who lost their lives 70 years ago

A permanent bronze memorial plaque to the 33 supporters who lost their lives in the Burnden Park Disaster is now in place at Macron Stadium.

Situated alongside the Nat Lofthouse statue outside of main reception, the memorial itself was officially unveiled at the club’s recent Service of Remembrance, but initially the piece's cast took pride of place due to a delay in transit.

The club are now pleased to confirm however that the plaque – created by sculptor Sean Hedges-Quinn and funded by the Bolton Wanderers Development Association and Supporters’ Trust – is now available to view and will play its part as the Whites remember those people who tragically died whilst attending a football game 70 years ago.

Speaking regarding the memorial piece, club chaplain Phil Mason said, “It is so very important for us to mark the anniversary of the disaster in what is the 70th year since that fateful day.

“In my mind, it is no longer the “forgotten disaster” – it is part of our history and although it was a dark part of it, it’s crucial that those people are never forgotten.

“We hope that it will become something of a sacred place, whether it be for people directly affected by the disaster or just simply somewhere that fans can go to remember their loved ones.”

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