60th Anniversary Commemorations
Events at Old Trafford
Taken from www.manutd.com
Manchester United will pay its respects to all the victims of the Munich Air Disaster with commemorations at Old Trafford to mark the 60th anniversary of the tragedy.
Players, staff and supporters will observe a minute’s silence ahead of kick-off in the Premier League game against Huddersfield Town on Saturday 3 February.
Fans will pay their respects outside the ground on the same day, from 13.30 GMT, with their annual event consisting of readings and prayers, along with a rendition of ‘the Flowers of Manchester’ song under the Munich plaque at the south-east corner of the Old Trafford forecourt.
Supporters attending the game will receive a commemorative pack containing a limited-edition book telling the story of the disaster, along with a complimentary copy of the matchday programme, United Review, which will include tributes to those affected by the crash.
On the anniversary of the crash (Tuesday 6 February), the club will hold a commemorative service inside Old Trafford, which supporters are welcome to attend. All season-ticket holders over the age of 65 will be invited but other supporters are welcome to attend.
Turnstiles in the lower East Stand will be open from 13.45 GMT, before the event, which will include readings and poems from 14:45 GMT, ahead of a minute’s silence at 15:04 GMT, marking the time of the fatal plane crash 60 years ago. Supporters will be advised to arrive early, as the usual matchday security checks will be in place.
Going to Munich…
FAO those heading to the 60th anniversary in Munich – here’s the official plans for the day:
The ceremony to be held at Manchesterplatz starts promptly at 13:30
A German brass band will play music to frame the whole ceremony, start to finish.
The Mayor of Munich, Mr. Dieter Reiter, will give a formal address
Karl Heinz Rummenigge and Uli Hoeness from Bayern Munich will give speeches.
14.40 final music from the brass band.
14:45 A representative of the fans will give a short address of thanks.
Cheques will be presented to the CEO’s of Libero and Buntkickgut football projects.
At 15:04 there will be a two minutes silence.
At 15:06, Ms. Tracey Malone will sing The Flowers of Manchester.
The ceremony closes at 15:10.