Pupils create graphic novels in tribute to Bradford City unsung heroes
6 December 2019
Secondary school pupils have produced three graphic novel stories in tribute to unsung heroes of the Bradford City fire thanks to a collaborative project with Leeds Beckett University.
Beckfoot Thornton School to help develop their ideas, which included creating fictionalised characters based on real-life events.
The Bradford-based school’s involvement is particularly poignant given that former pupils Ashley Stockman, 16, and her brother Craig, 14, were among the victims who lost their lives.
Memorial plaque in tribute to siblings Ashley Stockman and her brother Craig.
A plaque provides a permanent memorial to the siblings and acts as the focal point to the school’s own annual commemoration ceremony.
“However, it does appear to be less well-known beyond West Yorkshire despite contributing to major changes to the safety of football in grounds up and down the country.
“We think now is the right time to bring the story to wider attention by giving Beckfoot Thornton’s students the chance to take the lead, and in putting the unsung heroes at the heart of the narrative.
“We’re extremely grateful to Jeremy Richardson, Headteacher, and Neil Adams, Head of History, at Beckfoot Thornton School, and especially the Year 9 students who have done a terrific job in sharing their stories with new audiences.”
graphic artist Tom Bailey to create three stories for the novel.
The first story told of the bravery shown by a young 10-year-old supporter called Josephine who, in helping her grandfather escape, received life-changing burns injuries.
The story of Josephine, a 10-year-old Bradford City supporter who risks her own life to help her grandfather to safety, with terrifying consequences.
Members of the Bangladeshi community who helped injured police officers and supporters were the focus of the second tale.
Finally, pupils shined a spotlight on the medical professionals, particularly plastic surgeons, who worked tirelessly to help the hundreds of survivors suffering burns injuries.
The novel will be available for use within schools and other organisations in order to start a discussion around issues related to injury, heroism, identity and survival.
Photos courtesy of Beckfoot Thornton School.