Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Bradford Fire Disaster Memorial Day - Joachim Reisner
Today was the annual memorial service, held in Centenary Square Bradford. I went to the service with the intention of taking some photographs for this column, but to be honest I took very few pictures, it just didn't seem right to be taking pictures, sort of intrusive, so I left and went back later for a few shots of the memorial and flowers.
When I returned there were just three people there, two ladies and the gentleman in the picture, Joachim Reisner, the sculptor who made the memorial. Mr Reisner is apparently quite a shy person and does not really enjoy having his picture taken so I was pleased when he agreed to pose for this shot.
Mr. Reisner told me a little about the background of the memorial. His wife, who is actually English (from Wilsden, near Bradford) was on a Civic visit to Bradford from the German Town of Hamm. Mr Reisner did not realise that when he switched on his television set and saw the fire in a news broadcast that his wife was actually in the stadium as part of a Civic visit. His wife took back to Germany the idea of the memorial which is really a gift from the people of Hamm to Bradford.